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North American Whitetail November 2018

Each issue of North American Whitetail brings you effective techniques for outsmarting monster bucks. You'll learn the success secrets of North America's most accomplished, most knowledgeable whitetail hunters - riflemen and bowhunters alike.

United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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CHF 19.55
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nothing beats the rut

Few among us ever shoot true world-class bucks. They’re exceedingly rare. Yet every year enough fellow hunters tag them to make us think our turn might come. And history shows at no other time are our odds as good as during the rut. North American Whitetail is all about huge bucks. If there’s one specific type of editorial content for which we’re known, it’s probably our extensive coverage of such deer. We know you love them, and we join you in celebrating them. While every issue has plenty of big antlers, this month we just might have outdone ourselves. You’ll find page after page of incredible trophies from 2017, plus a couple vintage giants that this month are celebrating special milestones. And each of their stories is linked to the rut. It starts…

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don’t blink!

Move over, dreaded October lull. You’ll soon be replaced with the best game in town: the November rut. Bring on the season’s most magical window of deer action. When you eat, sleep and breathe whitetail hunting, there’s no time more special than this. Even if but a blip on the calendar, it’s what we live for. If you haven’t already punched your tag, we’re rooting for you to make it happen this month. Remember, this is the time of year when it pays to be prepared for just about anything. Once the first does go into estrus, your luck can turn for the better without a moment’s notice. So hold on tight, keep your trigger finger itchy and stay on the lookout for that cruising bruiser. And when you aren’t in the…

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whitetail messaging (part 2)

As discussed in Part 1 last month, the complex “social network” of white-tailed deer has its roots in the tropical forests of Asia, with ancestors of the species. Although deer communicate in many ways, including vocalizations and body postures, the core of communication centers around the use of scents. This system evolved to cope with dense habitats and sparse population densities, enabling deer to leave messages for others of their kind to find and interpret. Of the various glands of whitetails, the most important for communication are the forehead gland, the tarsal “gland” and the interdigital gland. These are the ones most involved in reproductive behavior and social dominance. The products produced by these glands can have extremely short half-lives or last much longer, depending on how long a “message” needs…

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outfoxing lyme disease

Public health officials in areas plagued by Lyme disease long assumed that because the black-legged “deer” tick is the main vector involved in its spread lowering whitetail density would lower the risk of human infection. But recent research casts doubt on the benefits of drastically cutting deer numbers. A more effective way to fight Lyme disease, it appears, is to increase the number of small mammal predators, especially foxes. A study by researchers in the Netherlands suggests that where fox numbers remain high, mice, voles, chipmunks and shrews that host Lyme infected ticks are less active outside their burrows and aren’t as likely to pick up ticks carrying the bacterial disease. That translates to less Lyme transmission. Foxes are the primary native predators of these small mammals. However, in eastern North America…

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expectations exceeded

So, you’re in the market for a new deer rifle. I understand that feeling. I love new guns, and I’ve never been fond of excess room in a gun safe. That combination means I’m constantly adding to my collection of whitetail weaponry. Just as there’s something special about the scratches and imperfections etched into the stocks of my trusty, older rifles, downing the first animal with a new rifle is special as well. The memories behind every punched tag seem to come flooding back whenever I pick up a rifle or bow I’ve had success with. Those feelings never fade, and each season I’m eager to add more tally marks to the tools in my arsenal. For most hunters, the process of selecting a new firearm is calculated. Once we’ve heard through the…

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10 down 19 up!

Peering through the fog, Kyle Hass watched as a giant buck seemed to materialize out of thin air. Driving slowly down a northwestern North Dakota back road while searching for a particular mule deer buck, Kyle was taking his time while waiting for the fog to lift. That’s when he spotted a doe with a buck standing in a field about 200 yards from the road. It was obvious the deer ahead carried a big rack. Kyle eased his way to the passenger side of the pickup and focused his spotting scope on the buck. Even with the naked eye he could see antlers through the thick fog. But the spotting scope brought it all into perspective, and Kyle knew immediately that he was looking at a very special buck. But…