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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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Trace Minerals and Their Importance to Deer by Grant Woods


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There’s a lot of talk about protein in antler development, but most folks never consider that without Molybdenum deer likely can’t break down protein and use protein. Just like in humans there’s no one super mineral that improves our health. Rather, doctors recommend mineral supplements that include a broad-spectrum of trace minerals. Scientists have documented […]

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Protecting Beans With An Electric Fence by Grant Woods


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  The first year I used a fence to protect beans I was shocked that a fence only two feet tall would keep deer from tasty soybeans. This video shows why the fence works. Deer almost always investigate new features with their nose. Their nose is moist so it’s a perfect conductor of electricity. Clearly […]

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Wheat As A Cover Crop For Clover by Grant Woods


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  However, wheat planted with clover provides food during more months. In this video there are deer and turkey eating wheat seed heads. Notice there’s a great stand of clover below the wheat. I planted the clover and wheat at the same time during the early fall. The wheat came up first and provided quality […]

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Plant More Soybeans by Grant Woods


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Deer (and other critters) will start removing soybean seedlings as soon as they are a few inches tall. So I’ve started planting way more seeds than needed to make a full crop by the end of summer. I know I need to allow for several of the plants being totally consumed or severely damaged by […]

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Watching Velvet Bucks by Grant Woods


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  Deer living in areas with little or no row crops will seek young or early succession plant species. This type forage will be wherever there’s lots of sun reaching the ground such as where a timber stand has been thinned, a utility right of way that’s been recently mowed, etc. In addition, deer prefer […]

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Broken Velvet Antlers by Grant Woods


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However, it’s easy to imagine how accidents would happen while living in the wild. The buck in this video has already broken his right antler. Given the aggressive behavior he’s showing, it’s easy to imagine how he might have hooked a tree, etc., with his right antler that resulted in this injury. It will be […]

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Changing Patterns of Mature Bucks by Grant Woods


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Hunters have changed from being consumers to managers, and this has had a very positive impact on deer herd quality. In fact, hunters may have gained more ground at producing mature bucks then they have at tagging mature bucks. This is because mature bucks behave differently than immature bucks and therefore often require hunters to […]

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