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Grant Woods

Aging a Buck on the Hoof – in 6 Seconds


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It can be challenging to accurately estimate a buck’s age on the hoof during the late season. Bucks often lose 25% or more of their body weight by the late season due to calories burnt chasing does, lower quality food resources, etc. This decreased weight can change some of the characteristics commonly used to estimate […]

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Aging Bucks On The Hoof – A Late Season Example


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Last week I shared a video of a 2.5-year-old whitetail buck and the characteristics I used to estimate his age. This week I’ll share another example. How old do you estimate the buck to be in the following video? I’ll post the characteristics I notice, and at the end my estimate of his age at […]

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Grant Woods

Aging Bucks on the Hoof


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Aging bucks on the hoof – an example during December I still get very excited when I see any deer coming through the woods. That excitement level ratchets up when I see an antlered buck approaching! It’s become very popular among hunters to pass younger bucks and wait for a mature buck. That can be […]

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Mature Bucks During Daylight


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The late season can be one of the best times to see mature bucks during daylight! During the late season, especially if the temperatures are colder than normal, bucks will be seeking sources of quality food. Since nothing has grown during the past few months in most areas of the whitetail’s range, it’s likely there […]

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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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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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