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Deer & Deer Hunting December 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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11 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the names that leaves no doubt

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That’s most apparent in our admiration for white-tailed deer antlers. Although beauty is normally associated with symmetry, that’s only half-true when viewing huge bucks. My first brush with a really big buck came about 25 years ago when I was muzzleloading in Wisconsin’s North Woods. A fresh blanket of snow covered the huge aspen clear-cut I was hunting, and I was quietly plowing through the white stuff when something caught my eye. Antlers! Standing 175 yards in front of me was the biggest buck I had ever seen. He just stood there, staring at me as if I were some sort of alien. He must have known that my iron-sighted smokepole was no good beyond 100 yards. The buck stood still long enough…

3 min.
readers recoil

Much has been written about tracking and trailing white-tailed deer over the years, but a few points are often overlooked. Successful blood-trailing doesn’t require complicated strategies, but it does require that hunters pay close attention to simple details. Earlier this fall, Daniel Schmidt posted a blog entitled “5 Blood-Trailing Tips for Deer Hunters” on www.deeranddeerhunting.com. After we shared the blog post to our Facebook Page, the D&DH faithful showed up in full force to add some really great insights of their own. Here’s a look at some of your own tips and comments. I THINK THE best thing you can do after taking a shot at a deer is look and listen. Look: Mark where you last saw the deer with a notable landmark. For example: a notable tree … was…

2 min.
ddh community

Follow us on - Facebook FACEBOOK/OEERHUNTINGMAG Andrew Lawrence: I just passed three deer on the field and its raining and 50 degrees in New York Arie Spurlock: I hunt the rain, no stand. no blind. justfind yourself a cedar thicket. clear the base of debris and sit down, be slill arxl enjoy the umbrella God created. You'll stay dry and the deer like cedars to wail out the weather, as well. Mike Allemon: Rain washes; may the blood trail, It ·s totally unethical to hunt in the rain. Erik Seymour: They will move after a rain. A light rain is fine, especially if it's not really cold. but a hard rain. no I'm not dealing with that mess. David Stepp: I will gun hunt in rain. It's a no with a bow unless it's just…

8 min.
realistic expectations

Goals and aspirations of every deer hunter vary considerably. For some hunters, the challenge of pursuing an individual buck spotted on camera during the preseason is what drives them throughout the entire season. While they may often end up unsuccessful, the pursuit is what drives them. For others, it’s the peace and serenity they only find in the deer stand. Crisp, clear mornings watching the sunrise, lazy afternoons waiting for the spike in deer activity before sunset, and those moments when you see some sort of wildlife activity that takes your breath away. Still, some hunters are in it for the camaraderie of deer camp with friends and family, and others are in it primarily to put meat in the freezer. While each of these reasons for waking well before sunrise is…

8 min.
scouting to fill tags

I’d known the small water hole was about a quarter of the way up the ridge. Frankly, I knew the farm very well, but the water hole just wasn’t positioned right. It was on the opposite side of the crop-filled valley from where the bucks bedded, and they had water on that side, too. Why drop down a steep ridge, cross a bunch of open food, only to climb a quarter the way up the opposite side to get a drink, when a great water source was right near their beds? I’d pretty much ignored that side, as the big boys lived on the other ridge. Fast forward to late October the following season and I was just climbing up the stand I’d set on that pond. Just having strapped my…

7 min.
passing bucks

When I entered the wildlife profession as a private-lands biologist in the late 1970s, passing any buck was not common. At that time, folks were starting to direct more effort and money toward food plot development and supplemental feeding. But as time passed, hunters began passing a few bucks — particularly youngsters — and they began to recognize an increase in antler size. But when it came to 4- and 5-year old animals with exceptional racks, the buck stopped there. That was primarily because few hunters had been privileged to see bucks in their optimal antler-producing years. A CHANGE IN PHILOSOPHY As the percentage of mature bucks increased, becoming an apparent component of deer populations, Texas hunters became accustomed to seeing at least a few mature deer each year and began to…