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Grant Woods

Using Trail Cameras During the Summer


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Turkey season has closed and my thoughts have switched to creating better habitat and to the coming deer season. Patterning bucks is one reason I keep my trail cameras out during the summer. Not only do I enjoy watching antlers develop, but the cameras help me learn about travel patterns that may be helpful during […]

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America’s Darling – The Whitetail Deer


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In 1900 there were about 500,000 whitetail deer living in the US and 76 million people. With the huge increase in human population to 322 million, you would think deer populations would have been decreased because of human encroachment. To the contrary, today there are over 30 million whitetails. This is testament to US citizens’ conservation efforts toward this species, one […]

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Grant Woods

Winter’s Impact On Deer


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Ever wonder why deer in some areas paw through snow to find food and in other areas stay in winter deer yards? It has to do with the quality of food available and the amount of energy required getting the food. By placing collars on deer that have a GPS unit, researchers have learned that […]

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Big Buck Tracks?


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I enjoy following deer tracks in the snow. It’s a great way to learn where deer prefer to bed, eat, etc., during late winter conditions. I shared a picture of some deer tracks in snow on my Facebook page recently and someone commented that I was following a “big buck because of the feet drag […]

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Timing of Antler Shedding


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The timing of antler shedding is determined by changes in hormones, primarily a reduction in testosterone, normally triggered by increasing day length. However, injury or other factors that impact testosterone levels can affect the timing of antler shedding for individual bucks. The amount of daylight begins increasing December 22nd each year. This triggers the potential for […]

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To a Shed Hunting Ethic


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In a slightly-more-perfect world, I would not have to blog about this topic. But we’re stuck in the place we live, and I have to be honest; the behavior that some people exhibit in their zeal to find shed antlers is shocking. One of my dear friends—a passionate deer hunter and owner of 300 acres […]

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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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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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