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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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Cold October and Deer
Grant Woods

October Cold Fronts


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Last week I shared my hunting strategy for those days that it’s hotter than normal during October. I hunt when it’s hotter than normal because I love to hunt – not because that’s the best conditions for daytime deer activity. On the other hand, when a strong cold front is forecast during October, I’ve been […]

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deer winter coat
Grant Woods

October Can Be Hot


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I don’t like being hot. This is probably because I work outside as a wildlife biologist. If your job keeps you inside, then an air conditioner keeps you comfy. However when it’s cold I can add more layers/thermal insulation and be comfy. I like being active when it’s colder than normal as the activity helps […]

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Grant Woods

Humidity


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As a research biologist I’ve spent a lot of my career studying deer activity patterns. As a hunter, I wanted this information because I thought it would help me be a more successful hunter (that’s one reason I became a biologist!). Through the years I’ve learned a tough lesson – hunting when bucks are most […]

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deer fibromas
Grant Woods

Fibromas


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This time of year almost every hunter and trail camera are out in the woods. I always receive lots of questions about odd sightings for pictures taken by trail cameras. One of the most common questions is about the numerous brown “tumors” seen on deer asking if it’s a strange new disease that impacts the […]

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Pouring food plot seed
Melissa Bachman

Food Plots


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Food plots can be a very helpful tool when hunting whitetails. They can actually be pretty cost effective, and done without any big equipment. There is a common theme among most people who plant food plots – they want something that will easily grow and can be done on a budget. The type of food […]

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Red Oak Acorns
Grant Woods

Red Oak Acorns


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Last week in this blog I wrote about white oak acorns. Deer prefer white oak acorns because they aren’t as bitter as those from red oaks as they have lower tannic acid content. However, this doesn’t mean you should ignore red oaks when scouting. White oak acorns will usually either sprout or rot within a […]

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