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antler scoring
Grant Woods

Antler Scoring


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There are gads of deer shows this time of year and most of them have an antler scoring/judging contest. Want an advantage of guessing the score over your buddies? The Boone and Crockett Club published a book titled Records of North American Whitetail Deer that’s full of great information and tips about antler scores. They also […]

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late season deer hunting
Grant Woods

Second Season


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My family and I really enjoy the second deer season – shed hunting season! Shed hunting is about as fun as deer hunting – except that it doesn’t provide wonderful, natural venison for the freezer…darn. Bucks shed their antlers when their testosterone level drops below a certain threshold.  The annual testosterone cycle is relatively simple. […]

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deer warm weather
Grant Woods

Warm Temps in the Late Season


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My last blog was about the advantages of hunting when temperatures are below normal during the late season. As I write this it’s 50+ degrees at noon. I’ve got a T-shirt on and have been washing my hunting clothes and hanging them outside to dry. It is warm and sunny! As nice as the temperature […]

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deer bedding areas
Grant Woods

Sign in the snow


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Most hunters, myself included, don’t hunt where snow cover is common throughout the deer season.  When it does snow, it’s a great opportunity to scout! Every deer track, trail, fresh scrape, feeding area, and bed will be easy to find! Often the direction of individual tracks can be determined and trails can be followed to […]

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deer food
Grant Woods

Scouting After the Kill


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This time of year most bucks are seeking the best food in their home range to recover from the rut. Does and fawns are seeking calories to maintain body heat and maintenance/growth. Both genders and all age classes of deer are seeking quality food. It’s time to change from rut season hunting strategies to stand […]

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Buck chasing doe
Grant Woods

Timing of the Rut


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I’ve heard many theories about what determines the timing of the rut. Most of these theories are based on assumptions that whitetail breeding is triggered by a specific phase or characteristic of the moon’s orbit. However, the “timing of whitetail breeding is related to a phase of the moon” theory was brutally murdered by a […]

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buck chasing doe
Grant Woods

The Rut


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Just the mention of November causes excitement throughout most of the whitetail’s range! This is probably because the peak of the whitetail’s rut occurs in November where most folks hunt deer. Hunting during the rut can be extremely exciting! This is a time when hunters are likely to see bucks chasing does, bucks fighting, and/or […]

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Deer pre-rut
Grant Woods

Pre-rut


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Throughout most of the whitetails’ range, the last week of October is the pre rut. This is a period during the breeding cycle of whitetails when bucks testosterone levels are high but, most does aren’t feeling the urge to dance. This results in bucks being very active, probably frustrated, and easily aggravated. Most men and […]

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