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deer food plot
Melissa Bachman

Easy Food Plots- Options & Choices


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When it comes to attracting and holding big bucks, most successful properties have a few of the same attributes; low pressure, thick cover, and a plentiful food supply. Luckily you can help control most of these and create a deer hunting paradise with just a little hard work and planning. When many people think food […]

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mature bucks
Grant Woods

Where to Find Mature Bucks


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Last week I shared Mississippi State’s research about the relationship between age and antler size. Clearly, a buck’s antler size increases as he ages until he reaches senility. So where are older/mature bucks? The answer may surprise you. Several studies have shown that about 10% of each age class of bucks, once they are more […]

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aging bucks
Grant Woods

A Quick Method to Age Bucks on the Hoof


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Last week I shared the relationship between age and buck antler size.  Clearly bucks tend to produce larger antlers as they mature. So, if your goal is to harvest bucks with larger than average antlers, it’s important to pass immature bucks. This means it’s important to have a method to quickly estimate the age of […]

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antler size
Grant Woods

The Relationship Between Age and Antler Size


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Last week I shared an example of the relationship between the quality of a buck’s diet and antler size. Another huge determinant of antler size is a buck’s age. Mississippi State has completed some interesting research about the relationship between age and antler size. They wrote: Based on averages of 23 bucks measured through 7 […]

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Deer Stand
Grant Woods

Using Science To Pick Which Stand To Hunt


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Last week I shared the results of some recent research from the University of Georgia. Those researchers found deer opted to spend  more time inside a 105 acre area where coyotes were excluded by a fence, compared to similar areas just outside the fence. Clearly, deer preferred feeding, etc., in areas they believed to have […]

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coyote trail camera
Grant Woods

Coyote and Deer


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The tough winter conditions this year have caused deer stress throughout the whitetail’s range. Warmer temperatures are finally in the forecast for many states. The warmer temperatures will cause native and planted vegetation to grow and provide quality forage. Does this mean deer are now living stress free? No way! Spring green up means fawning […]

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deer winter stress
Grant Woods

Stress On Deer – Harsh Winters


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I live in the very southern part of Missouri and as I write this (March 3, 2014) almost all the ground between here and the North Pole is covered by snow and ice. It’s been a brutal winter throughout most of the whitetail’s range. There’s been much research on the impacts of winter weather and […]

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feeding deer
Grant Woods

Feeding Deer During Stressful Conditions


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This week I received several questions about feeding corn to deer due to the stressful winter conditions throughout much of the whitetails’ range. No one likes the thought of deer suffering and searching for food in the extreme cold and deep snow. However, starting to feed corn after deer are stressed and there isn’t much food for […]

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