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Can You Guess The Age Of This Buck? By Grant Woods


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This video was taken in South Dakota in an area that produces soybeans and corn. Hence I expect bucks there to have a large body size and larger antlers per each age class than bucks from areas with lower quality forage. Notice that his chest and hams don’t appear fully developed and that his antler […]

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Should You Use A Deer Decoy?


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  I like to place a receptive doe decoy in travel corridors or areas where bucks expect to encounter receptive does during the peak of the rut. I place the decoy upwind of my stand and in a position so that when the buck approaches her tail he’s in shooting position. Just as importantly, I […]

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A Definition Of Staging Area Food Plots by Grant Woods


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  It’s much easier for a hunter to predict where deer will enter and exit these small plots compared to large plots or agriculture fields. It’s also much easier for the hunter to enter and exit stands near hidey hole plots without alerting deer compared to stands along the edge of large fields. Are you […]

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Deer Must Eat Feverishly Before the Heat Of The Rut by Grant Woods


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Once the first doe becomes receptive in an area, bucks spend less time feeding and more time seeking out a receptive partner. Due to this behavior shift, bucks often lose up to 30% of their body weight during the rut. No wonder they feed like crazy just before the breeding season! Growing Deer together, Grant

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Find Daylight Rubs!


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  This is a great example of the difference between finding sign and finding sign in an area where deer are likely to be active during daylight hours! Lessons learned during that research changed the focus of my scouting to intentionally look for sign in locations that deer will likely use during daylight hours. Growing […]

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Early Season Rubs – What Do They Mean


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The time when bucks shed velvet from their antlers usually coincides with growing season plants maturing and cool season plants starting to grow. For example, most soybean varieties are maturing during this time while it’s time to plant winter wheat. At the same time deer are changing from seeking a protein-rich to an energy-rich diet. […]

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Does That Deer Have The Mange? By Grant Woods


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The longer hair can trap more air and serve as great insulation during the winter. The dark color absorbs more of the sun’s heat! Each spring deer shed this long dark hair and begin growing a new coat. During the spring the longer, darker hair will often fall out in clumps and deer appear very […]

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The End of Bachelor Groups by Grant Woods


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  This doesn’t mean that most bucks leave their home range. Rather, it means they often change the portion of their home range they are using. I rarely place stands where I see buck bachelor groups feeding during July or early August. Instead, I scout during that time to see what bucks are in the […]

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