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Grant Woods

Pay Attention To Overhanging Limbs


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The majority of does throughout much of the whitetail’s range have been bred. Some does simply become receptive later, some didn’t conceive during their first cycle and some female fawns are just now becoming mature enough to be receptive. The combination of these circumstances means competition for receptive does during early December can be high […]

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Scrapes Do Not Mark Territories


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I frequently hear comments about bucks defending their territory and that bucks make/use scrapes to mark the boundaries of their territory. Bucks don’t defend territories or their home range like coyotes, bobcats and other predators! About the only territory bucks defend is a very small circumference around a receptive doe. Thus the area they will […]

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How To Best Hunt Scrapes


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Places near scrapes can be great stand locations during the right stage of the rut. Throughout most of the whitetail’s range bucks use scrapes the most during mid to late October and very early November. This is two to three weeks before most does are receptive. Check out this video. This buck is freshening a […]

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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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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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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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