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bucks in soybean field
Grant Woods

The Best Food Plot Crop


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Last week I shared that I consider forage soybeans the best food plot crop for my goals of allowing deer to maximize their genetic potential of antler growth and fawn production with the additional bonus of attracting deer to my hunting stands. This was based on my observations while hunting and an obvious relationship between […]

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Grant Woods

The Best Food Plot Crop!


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When folks tour my farm they often ask why most of my food plots are planted with forage soybeans  It’s easy to understand the question given the vast variety of food plot crops/blends available. My goals for food plots are to: Provide deer with great nutrition so they may maximize their genetic potential to produce […]

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deer ticks
Grant Woods

More Ticks After A Cold Winter!


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It seems I’ve had more questions/comments about ticks this spring than during past years. This is especially true from areas that had extended snow cover and/or cold temperatures last winter. It seems logical that there would be fewer ticks following a harsh winter. However, the opposite can be true. If the winter conditions are constantly […]

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newborn fawn
Grant Woods

Fawn Survival


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Some scientists and hunters estimate a deer herd’s future population based on the number of fetuses found in road kill and/or harvested does. It is common for does to have two fetuses. However, it is very rare for a doe to raise two fawns that survive till they are six months of age. Fawns spend […]

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deer food plot
Melissa Bachman

Easy Food Plots- Options & Choices


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When it comes to attracting and holding big bucks, most successful properties have a few of the same attributes; low pressure, thick cover, and a plentiful food supply. Luckily you can help control most of these and create a deer hunting paradise with just a little hard work and planning. When many people think food […]

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mature bucks
Grant Woods

Where to Find Mature Bucks


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Last week I shared Mississippi State’s research about the relationship between age and antler size. Clearly, a buck’s antler size increases as he ages until he reaches senility. So where are older/mature bucks? The answer may surprise you. Several studies have shown that about 10% of each age class of bucks, once they are more […]

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aging bucks
Grant Woods

A Quick Method to Age Bucks on the Hoof


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Last week I shared the relationship between age and buck antler size.  Clearly bucks tend to produce larger antlers as they mature. So, if your goal is to harvest bucks with larger than average antlers, it’s important to pass immature bucks. This means it’s important to have a method to quickly estimate the age of […]

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antler size
Grant Woods

The Relationship Between Age and Antler Size


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Last week I shared an example of the relationship between the quality of a buck’s diet and antler size. Another huge determinant of antler size is a buck’s age. Mississippi State has completed some interesting research about the relationship between age and antler size. They wrote: Based on averages of 23 bucks measured through 7 […]

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