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Trace Minerals and Their Importance to Deer


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Folks commonly ask: What’s the most important mineral to promote antler growth? That is an easy question to answer: All of them! Healthy deer produce larger antlers than unhealthy deer. The process of body growth and maintenance requires small amounts of most of the elements on the periodic chart. For example, zinc is needed for […]

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Protecting Beans With An Electric Fence


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Deer are very attracted to soybeans. Soybeans provide excellent quality forage for deer! So planting soybeans in food plots seems like an easy win win. However, deer can damage soybeans to the point they won’t grow or produce pods during the late winter if there are a lot of deer in the area and/or the […]

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Wheat As A Cover Crop For Clover


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Deer love most types of grain. Grain is full of energy and sources of high quality energy are rare in nature (acorns on the ground are a low quality source of energy). Many folks plant corn as a source of energy, but corn can be a tough crop for food plot farmers to grow. Corn […]

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Plant More Soybeans


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Deer love soybeans! They crave the protein rich forage during the summer and the energy rich grains during the winter. In fact, deer crave soybeans so much that they can totally consume a young soybean crop in smaller fields such as food plots long before hunting season. Does that mean soybeans are a bad choice […]

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Grant Woods

Watching Velvet Bucks


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I enjoy watching deer year round! It’s often relatively easy to locate deer during the summer because they often are on a daily pattern of food, cover, food, cover. Deer will seek the best quality forage within their range that they don’t associate with danger. It’s easy to forget the last part of that sentence […]

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Grant Woods

Broken Velvet Antlers


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Antlers can grow very fast this time of year. They grow rapidly due to massive amounts of blood flowing through the developing antlers. This blood flow carries the material, primarily protein, necessary to build the antlers. Later during the summer the protein will be replaced with hard minerals that give the antlers their rigid form. […]

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Changing Patterns of Mature Bucks


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Are you spending the off-season wishing you had changed your hunting tactics? Many of us have experienced the frustration of hunting an elusive, mature buck. Research shows each year more hunters are passing immature bucks. More than 60% of bucks harvested in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma were 3.5 years old or older (Quality Deer Management […]

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Using Trail Cameras During the Summer


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Turkey season has closed and my thoughts have switched to creating better habitat and to the coming deer season. Patterning bucks is one reason I keep my trail cameras out during the summer. Not only do I enjoy watching antlers develop, but the cameras help me learn about travel patterns that may be helpful during […]

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