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Grant Woods

Minerals Now


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Many adult does throughout most of the whitetail’s range have already been bred. It seems many managers tend to ignore does this time of year unless they are still trying to reach a doe harvest objective to balance the number of deer with the amount of quality food in an area. The health of does […]

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Grant Woods

Scrapes During the Rut


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Have you ever been excited to find an active scrape and plan to hunt it during the rut only to watch it fill with leaves during early November? Bucks and does tend to abandon most scrapes during the chase phase of the rut. It seems bucks don’t wish to spend energy checking and/or maintaining scrapes […]

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Grant Woods

Mock Scrapes


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Have you ever tried using a mock scrape to attract and/or position bucks for a shot? If not, I encourage you to give them a try. Based on my experience, the most important characteristic about a mock scrape is its location. Check out this video. It’s a great example of the effectiveness of mock scrapes. […]

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Deer Rattling
Grant Woods

Rattling Techniques


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Ever wonder what rattling sequence bucks are most likely to respond to? My friend, fellow hunter, and research biologist, Dr. Mick Hellickson had a great opportunity to test different types of rattling sequences and monitor the response from bucks. Mick had placed radio collars on several wild, free-ranging bucks that roamed an area that had […]

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White Oak Acorn
Austin Manelick

White Oak Acorns


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There was a fairly good crop of white oak acorns this year throughout much of the whitetail’s range. Deer seek and eat fresh white oak acorns. They will abandon most crop fields, food plots, etc., when fresh white oak acorns are available. Folks that scouted and placed stands near white oaks reported to have good […]

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Rutting: Game Camera
Grant Woods

When to Schedule Vacation, Part II


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Last week I shared how a ruthless gang of researchers murdered the theory that moon phases determine when deer breed. There’s no reason to schedule vacation days to hunt based on certain phases of the moon if you wish to hunt the peak of the rut. You’ll be much better off calling the state wildlife […]

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2014-Oct
Grant Woods

When to Schedule Vacation Time During Deer Season


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I get LOTS of email from folks wondering when they should schedule their vacation so they can hunt the peak of the rut. I define “the peak of the rut” as when the biggest percentage of does are being bred. Using that definition it is easy to schedule vacation years in advance! Does at the […]

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Grant Woods

The Pre Rut


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The Pre Rut occurs during late July in south Florida, September in the South Carolina coastal counties, late October/early November during most of the whitetail’s range, and late December in south Texas. No matter when it occurs, where you hunt the pre rut is a great time to deer hunt! The pre rut occurs when […]

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