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Grant Woods

Can You Guess The Age Of This Buck?


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It’s prime time for hunters to be in the woods! Most hunters realize that age is the primary determinant of a buck’s antler size. Most bucks produce their largest set of antlers when they are five to seven years old. There are many variables including the buck’s health, quality of habitat each year, etc. Most […]

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Grant Woods

Should You Use A Deer Decoy?


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It early November and prime time rut throughout most of the whitetail’s range! During this time of year there’s nothing more attractive to a buck than a receptive doe. Receptive does often separate themselves from their fawns and other does. In addition, they often go to a different part of their home range. This is […]

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Grant Woods

A Definition Of Staging Area Food Plots


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One of the best and easiest habitat features to create are hidey hole food plots or staging areas. These are small food plots or openings between major feeding and bedding areas. The hidey hole plot the buck is in, in this video, is less than 1/8th acre in size. It actually connects through a fence gap […]

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Deer Must Eat Feverishly Before the Heat Of The Rut


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The young buck in this video is feeding like he may not eat again for months. That’s somewhat true! Shortly after a buck sheds the velvet from his antlers until the first doe become receptive is typically a time of intentional feeding and storing fat. Knowing this means it’s worthy to scout for the food […]

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Grant Woods

Find Daylight Rubs!


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Rubs, especially large rubs, are some of the most exciting sign a deer hunter can find! Part of the research for my Ph.D. degree was studying large rubs. I did this research on a property that was actively hunted. The local hunters thought the large rubs I was studying would be great stand sites! In […]

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Grant Woods

Early Season Rubs – What Do They Mean


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Finding a fresh rub close to where I selected to hang a stand usually boosts my confidence in that area! Fresh rubs are like a neon sign saying “a buck was just here!” However, fresh rubs, especially those during the early season don’t mean the buck or bucks will return to that area. There are […]

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Does That Deer Have The Mange?


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This time of year I receive a lot of pictures of deer that appear to have a skin condition and questions such as “Does this deer have mange?” Each fall deer shed their short and reddish summer hair and new darker hair begins to grow. The blotches of new hair can appear like a rash […]

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The End of Bachelor Groups


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It’s early September and deer season opens soon in most states. Many hunters have spent some time during the past month scouting and thinking about stand placement. Bachelor groups are relatively easy to find this time of year and it’s tempting to place stands based on these observations. That may not be a good strategy. […]

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