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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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White Oak Acorn
Grant Woods

White Oak Acorns


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There was a fairly good crop of white oak acorns this year throughout much of the whitetail’s range. Deer seek and eat fresh white oak acorns. They will abandon most crop fields, food plots, etc., when fresh white oak acorns are available. Folks that scouted and placed stands near white oaks reported to have good […]

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Rutting: Game Camera
Grant Woods

When to Schedule Vacation, Part II


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Last week I shared how a ruthless gang of researchers murdered the theory that moon phases determine when deer breed. There’s no reason to schedule vacation days to hunt based on certain phases of the moon if you wish to hunt the peak of the rut. You’ll be much better off calling the state wildlife […]

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2014-Oct
Grant Woods

When to Schedule Vacation Time During Deer Season


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I get LOTS of email from folks wondering when they should schedule their vacation so they can hunt the peak of the rut. I define “the peak of the rut” as when the biggest percentage of does are being bred. Using that definition it is easy to schedule vacation years in advance! Does at the […]

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Grant Woods

The Pre Rut


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The Pre Rut occurs during late July in south Florida, September in the South Carolina coastal counties, late October/early November during most of the whitetail’s range, and late December in south Texas. No matter when it occurs, where you hunt the pre rut is a great time to deer hunt! The pre rut occurs when […]

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Grant Woods

The October Lull


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It’s mid-October and still a week or so before the whitetail pre rut in most areas. Often, this portion of the season is referred to as the October Lull. I’ve certainly experienced some hunts during this time of year when it seemed there were no deer in the area. I’ve also experienced some great hunts […]

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Grant Woods

Is Baiting Deer Effective?


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Baiting deer during season is legal in several states. This is not another promote or bash baiting story. This is a brief look at the efficiency of baiting from a scientist’s perspective. More than a decade ago, and then again very recently, scientist studied if baiting increases or decreases the chance of seeing and/or tagging […]

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Grant Woods

Scouting Whitetails During Season


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The season for whitetails is now open in most states. In addition, farmers are starting to harvest crops, acorns are starting to fall, and the average daily temperature is changing rapidly in some areas. These factors and more mean many whitetails are changing their patterns. A perfect example of whitetails changing their movement patterns occurs […]

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