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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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Piebald deer
Grant Woods

Rare Deer? – The Piebald Deer


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Recently several folks have posted questions and pictures on my Facebook page about deer that are mostly white. These deer have a rare genetic trait that is called piebald anomaly. Piebald deer usually have between 15 and 90% white hair. They also usually have either or all of the following characteristics: Roman nose, short legs, […]

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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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