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Deer & Deer Hunting April 2020

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Deer & Deer Hunting is written and edited for serious, year-round hunting enthusiasts, focusing on hunting techniques, deer biology and behavior, deer management, habitat requirements, the natural history of deer and hunting ethics

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2 Min.
it’s time to tackle that to-do list

Just how did we already blow through a quarter of the year? Although we are all daydreaming about the fall deer hunting season, there’s so much yet to be done. And, yes, it is really easy to look outside, see the crummy weather, and declare, “There’s absolutely nothing to do.” Oh, but I beg to differ. There’s so many things on my to-do list that I don’t even know where to start. Here’s a glimpse at a baker’s dozen of the things I’ll be doing instead of watching sports on TV or goofing around on social media. Scout new (and old) hunting properties. Spring is the perfect time to see what the deer were doing last fall. Plant some apple trees. Or pears. Or plums. I’d highly recommend using root (not container) stock.…

3 Min.
readers recoil

This is in response to Bryan Hendricks’ article, “Baiting is Not a Dirty Word,” in the December issue of Deer & Deer Hunting. Don’t try to convince me otherwise, because I’m not buying it: The only reason a hunter plants a food plot is to create a big bait pile/place to hoard the deer from non-baiting neighbors. It’s plain and simple, and it’s discrimination. It is also a known fact that most of these food-plot landowners simply don’t want baiting to be legal because the baiting neighbors (usually people of lesser means) will attract some deer away from their food plots. It’s pure greed, and it’s is no wonder why some people — like myself — post their land against all outdoor activities. I am in my 60s, I deer hunt, and I own…

2 Min.
d & dh community

DEER OF THE MONTH Father and son duo, Jim and Matt Stuessel, had a pretty spectacular 2019 bowhunting season in Wisconsin. Jim shot a 16-point buck October 26 with his Mathews Vertix, and the very next day from the same treestand, Matt took this 11-pointer with an arrow from his Mathews Z7! Both hunters used 100-grain Rage Hypodermic broadheads. Congratulations guys! Submit your deer stories and photos to chris.berens@media360llc.com for consideration to be included in DDH and online. You have one buck tag in your pocket. These two 12-point bucks step out of the woods at the same time, offering you a clean broadside shot at 25 yards. Which one would you shoot? Edwin Sweeney: Buck A — he’s the older one. Joseph Brajevich: Whichever gives me the best shot for a clean, quick kill.…

5 Min.
do gut piles scare deer?

It’s an age-old question among whitetail hunters: field-dress the deer where it dropped, or drag it far and away from the hunting area? We asked the Deer & Deer Hunting Facebook fan base to provide their thoughts on gut piles and deer sightings. Here’s what your fellow hunters had to say. Stephen Morgan, Va. Animals die in the woods all the time. Harrison Seybold, Ind. I had a gut pile about 40 yards from my stand and had a smaller buck running a doe. They got about 10 yards from it, stopped, and then looked at it (both buck and doe). They stood there for about a minute and then turned around and went back the other way. So I’d say yes, but I think it depends. Tim Woodworth, Mich. I shot a buck a…

2 Min.
a 12-year-old with a passion for deer hunting

Do today’s kids lack the passion for hunting kids of previous generations had? Not if today’s kid is Madi Mantei. She is a certified deer hunting fanatic. This 12-year-old girl has already shot deer with a crossbow and a rifle. It doesn’t matter what she uses. She just loves to go hunting. And she has been at it for more than half of her life already. Even before she shot any deer, she was crazy about deer hunting. The family often sees deer in the yard, and Dad or Mom will take pictures, sometimes with Madi and her younger sister, Payton, in the foreground and the deer in the background. She has been going hunting with her dad, Jeff, since she was 3 or 4, and never just as a tag-along.…

9 Min.
the antler effect

Since body growth takes precedence over antler growth, antler pedicle size among young bucks provides a good indicator of deer population health. Here’s a look at the research behind this phenomenon. If most yearling (1½-year-old) bucks in a given population are large and healthy, they’ll likely sport good-sized, multi-tined antlers. Conversely, a high proportion of small-bodied yearling bucks with short-spike antlers, less than 3 inches long, is symptomatic of inadequate nutrition or possibly other consequences of poor herd structure. There is no evidence that a short-spike antler gene exists. In reality, poor nutrition, late-births or social stress are more often responsible. THE PEDICLE Before any deer can grow antlers it must first grow pedicles, or stumps, on which the antlers form. This means that proper development of the pedicle plays a key role in…