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Grant Woods

Watching Velvet Bucks


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I enjoy watching deer year round! It’s often relatively easy to locate deer during the summer because they often are on a daily pattern of food, cover, food, cover. Deer will seek the best quality forage within their range that they don’t associate with danger. It’s easy to forget the last part of that sentence […]

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Grant Woods

Broken Velvet Antlers


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Antlers can grow very fast this time of year. They grow rapidly due to massive amounts of blood flowing through the developing antlers. This blood flow carries the material, primarily protein, necessary to build the antlers. Later during the summer the protein will be replaced with hard minerals that give the antlers their rigid form. […]

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Grant Woods

Changing Patterns of Mature Bucks


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Are you spending the off-season wishing you had changed your hunting tactics? Many of us have experienced the frustration of hunting an elusive, mature buck. Research shows each year more hunters are passing immature bucks. More than 60% of bucks harvested in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma were 3.5 years old or older (Quality Deer Management […]

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Grant Woods

Using Trail Cameras During the Summer


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Turkey season has closed and my thoughts have switched to creating better habitat and to the coming deer season. Patterning bucks is one reason I keep my trail cameras out during the summer. Not only do I enjoy watching antlers develop, but the cameras help me learn about travel patterns that may be helpful during […]

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America’s Darling – The Whitetail Deer


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In 1900 there were about 500,000 whitetail deer living in the US and 76 million people. With the huge increase in human population to 322 million, you would think deer populations would have been decreased because of human encroachment. To the contrary, today there are over 30 million whitetails. This is testament to US citizens’ conservation efforts toward this species, one […]

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Grant Woods

Winter’s Impact On Deer


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Ever wonder why deer in some areas paw through snow to find food and in other areas stay in winter deer yards? It has to do with the quality of food available and the amount of energy required getting the food. By placing collars on deer that have a GPS unit, researchers have learned that […]

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Grant Woods

Big Buck Tracks?


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I enjoy following deer tracks in the snow. It’s a great way to learn where deer prefer to bed, eat, etc., during late winter conditions. I shared a picture of some deer tracks in snow on my Facebook page recently and someone commented that I was following a “big buck because of the feet drag […]

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Grant Woods

Timing of Antler Shedding


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The timing of antler shedding is determined by changes in hormones, primarily a reduction in testosterone, normally triggered by increasing day length. However, injury or other factors that impact testosterone levels can affect the timing of antler shedding for individual bucks. The amount of daylight begins increasing December 22nd each year. This triggers the potential for […]

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