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Celebrating 150 Years of Winchester: The Second 50 Years


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1917 – With war raging throughout Europe for several years and Germany’s resumption of unrestricted submarine attacks on merchant and civilian ships in the Atlantic, the United States enters the war. Winchester modifies the Enfield Number 14 Pattern to handle the U.S.-standard .30-06 Springfield cartridge, and builds more than half a million U.S. Model 1917 […]

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Hunting The Post-Rut: Scrapes Are Key by Grand Woods


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  Most scrapes will remain inactive during the peak of the rut. In fact many will be covered with leaves, etc., and appear that they’ve been abandoned for the year. Somewhere around November 21st throughout the Midwest most does have been bred. However, bucks still have an elevated testosterone level and are actively seeking receptive does. […]

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Weather And Whitetails – Hunt The Fronts


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No matter where you hunt along the whitetail’s range, keep alert to approaching storm fronts. If you aren’t obsessive about weather forecasts any other time of year, be obsessive now. Few things will put deer on the hoof and moving about like a sudden 20- to 30-degree drop in temperatures; especially when accompanied by winds, […]

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Bucks Experience Huge Weight Loss During The Rut


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Bucks tend to be extremely active during the later portion of the pre-rut and when a majority of the does are receptive. The name Butterbean seemed ill fitting when I finally grabbed his antler and started dragging him toward the truck. Butterbean pulled easily! I could tell by looking at him he’d lost some weight. […]

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Hoping For A Storm


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Deer frequently have increased daytime deer activity just before and after abnormal weather. Many times before a large winter front I have observed deer moving to food in an almost frantic fashion. As a hunter, I would hate to miss that! Once the storm hits I usually stay in the warmth of my house as […]

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Pay Attention To Overhanging Limbs by Grant Woods


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Therefore it’s important to remember when scouting during this time of year that the overhanging limb is more important to scrapes than the ground portion. The scrape in this video is a good example. It would appear based on the ground portion that this scrape is totally inactive. Hunters that walked by and assumed that […]

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Scrapes Do Not Mark Territories by Grant Woods


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Another indicator that bucks don’t establish and/or maintain scrapes to mark territories is that all ages and genders of deer actively use scrapes. Check out this video of a six month old male fawn aggressively marking this scrape. He shows no fear from detecting which deer has already marked the scrape or who may be […]

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