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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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Grant Woods

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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Trace Minerals and Their Importance to Deer


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Folks commonly ask: What’s the most important mineral to promote antler growth? That is an easy question to answer: All of them! Healthy deer produce larger antlers than unhealthy deer. The process of body growth and maintenance requires small amounts of most of the elements on the periodic chart. For example, zinc is needed for […]

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Protecting Beans With An Electric Fence


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Deer are very attracted to soybeans. Soybeans provide excellent quality forage for deer! So planting soybeans in food plots seems like an easy win win. However, deer can damage soybeans to the point they won’t grow or produce pods during the late winter if there are a lot of deer in the area and/or the […]

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Grant Woods

Wheat As A Cover Crop For Clover


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Deer love most types of grain. Grain is full of energy and sources of high quality energy are rare in nature (acorns on the ground are a low quality source of energy). Many folks plant corn as a source of energy, but corn can be a tough crop for food plot farmers to grow. Corn […]

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Plant More Soybeans


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Deer love soybeans! They crave the protein rich forage during the summer and the energy rich grains during the winter. In fact, deer crave soybeans so much that they can totally consume a young soybean crop in smaller fields such as food plots long before hunting season. Does that mean soybeans are a bad choice […]

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Watching Velvet Bucks


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I enjoy watching deer year round! It’s often relatively easy to locate deer during the summer because they often are on a daily pattern of food, cover, food, cover. Deer will seek the best quality forage within their range that they don’t associate with danger. It’s easy to forget the last part of that sentence […]

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