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Bowhunter November/December 2019 - WhiteTail Special

Bowhunter brings you expert advice from legendary Bowhunters! Each issue is filled with updates from major bowhunting organizations, coverage of bowhunting locations across North America, complete coverage of the sport and much more.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Frequency:
Monthly
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9 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
the realities of cwd

HERE ARE SOME REALITIES. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is very, very complex. It’s not as simple as EHD, where a midge bites a deer and it dies from hemorrhaging a couple weeks later. Whether you believe it or not, CWD is a much more serious threat to the deer and other ungulates we all love. This inherent complexity makes containment and control extremely difficult. This disease is spreading across the continent, and to other continents, and there is no definitive method for slowing down what seems to be rising to epidemic levels. Many hunters are turning a blind eye, hoping this problem will just go away. It won’t. There are far more questions than answers. If CWD was first identified in the late-60s, about 50 years ago, why is it just now…

6 min.
stop stinking

DURING A RECENT CONVERSATION with one of the up-and-comer YouTube stars of the hunting world, the topic of scent control came up. He flat out said, “I don’t believe in any scent control.” Not only did the conversation make me feel old, it made me feel wise. The reality of scent control is that you’re not going to beat a whitetail’s nose every time. Anyone who promises that is lying. A deer’s olfactory abilities, along with the infinitely variable world in which he lives, means that sometimes with scent control you win, sometimes you lose. A win, of course, is most typically categorized as a deer getting downwind and not turning inside out. But, what if a deer gets downwind and just acts a little boogery without snorting and taking the rest…

5 min.
deer excursions

LIKE MANY READERS , I use exponentially more sick leave during the fall than any other time of the year. Why this happens is simple: I’m just too stubborn to give up on a buck. Once locked in on a particular buck, my hours on stand increase, and more times than I care to admit, I fail to even see that same deer again. Can you relate? Whether it’s seeing a buck on stand or on a trail-camera picture, stubbornness can have its benefits… But, is there a reason why you failed to even get another glimpse of a “shooter” buck? One camera study in Missouri showed as many as 40 percent of bucks (2½ years old and older) left their established home range in the fall and returned either later…

6 min.
deer management 2019

IF YOU’RE A REGULAR READER of Bowhunter , then you know that every year we attend the Southeast Deer Study Group meeting and bring the latest whitetail science to you in our Whitetail Special. This year is no different, as we attended the 42nd Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. This meeting was jam-packed with deer biology, with 40 scientific presentations. I obviously can’t summarize all of them here, so I have selected those that I feel are of most interest to bowhunters. Graduate student Rainer Nichols presented his fire study done at Mississippi State University, which looked at how the timing of the burn affected forage quality later on. Traditionally, we burn habitat in the spring dormant period; however, Rainer found that…

10 min.
the biggest buck i’ve ever seen

I’VE BEEN HUNTING this particular buck for weeks now, a buck that I’ve never even laid eyes on. I sit here, concentrating on being still and not missing a single movement or a single sound that might warn me of the buck’s approach. I can’t risk dozing off or daydreaming and having him walk by in a direction that I’m not watching. It has been unusually cold and windy, which makes it even more difficult. If I make a single mistake, I probably won’t get a second chance. Trophies like this can get in your head and cause you to make mistakes when the moment of truth arrives. I shoot a 52-pound Bighorn recurve, so I don’t have sight pins or a peep sight to use as a reference. I…

10 min.
kansasland booner

Land intrigues me. I look at it the same way I look at deer antlers: You won’t find two perfectly identical whitetail racks, nor will you find two perfectly identical properties. For that reason, I decided to make real-estate sales my livelihood. After living in Kansas for 20 years, I have a deep knowledge of — and respect for — the land there. I’m currently a land agent with Midwest Land Group, serving the Kansas, northwest Arkansas, and southwest Missouri territory. I’m enjoying every minute of it, and I absolutely love touring properties and bringing buyers and sellers together. I wish I’d become an agent 20 years ago. LAND AND DEER. DEER AND LAND I‘ve been hunting nearly my entire life and was blessed to have parents who gave me every chance to…