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What it All Boils Down to – Meat in the Freezer


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Like most deer hunters, I get a lot of questions from the non-hunting public—and sometimes even those who hunt—about why I spend the better part of the fall chasing whitetails. Deer hunting is a deep and intense experience for me, and defining it can sometimes be difficult, if not maddening. But just a few days […]

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Grant Woods

Overhanging Limbs


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Deer scrapes consist of an area on the ground where deer paw away all debris and expose the soil under an overhanging limb. Deer commonly urinate and defecate on the exposed dirt in the scrape. These are very visual signs that are easily seen. The overhanding limb is also a significant part of “scrape communication” […]

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Grant Woods

Late Season Scrapes


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Do you hunt scrapes during the late season? You might after watching this video! This scrape is located on a narrow ridge top that connects a feeding and bedding area. Several deer use this ridge top as a travel corridor during the late season. Female fawns often reach puberty and become receptive if they reach […]

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Grant Woods

Do You Believe Scent Control is Necessary When Hunting Deer?


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Watch the doe in this video sniffing the vegetation, etc. Most dead and/or moist vegetation readily holds lots of scent molecules. Deer, especially mature deer, seem to be constantly checking for predators (two or four legged) by using their nose. I live and primarily hunt in the Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. The relative humidity […]

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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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Grant Woods

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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Grant Woods

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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