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Deer & Deer Hunting

Deer & Deer Hunting February 2021

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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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English
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Media 360 LLC
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11 Issues

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1 min.
how to contact us

Visit us online: www.deeranddeerhunting.com • Sign up for our free newsletter. • Participate in deer hunting forums. • Participate in deer hunting surveys. • Renew your magazine subscription. • Share whitetail insights with other members of the prestigious Stump Sitters Whitetail Study Group. SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES: Visit us on the web at www.deeranddeerhunting.com, or call (386) 246-3414 Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine publishes 11 issues per year, which may include an occasional special, combined or expanded issue that may count as two issues toward your subscription. ADVERTISING: Call Brad Rucks at (920) 284-8732 or send an email to him at brad.rucks@media360llc.com. For a media kit write to: Deer & Deer Hunting, P.O. Box 548, Waupaca, WI 54981. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Send letters to Daniel E. Schmidt, D&DH, P.O. Box 548, Waupaca, WI 54981. Or send an email to dan.schmidt@media360llc.com. DEERANDDEERHUNTING.COM…

2 min.
did you see anything&

We often take life’s little thing for granted probably because we make ourselves so busy that we never slow down to look around. Deer hunting is a perfect example. No matter how many times I head afield each fall, I fail to give honest reports to my family and friends upon my return. “See anything?” my buddy will ask. “Not really,” I reply. “Some squirrels.” “See anything?” my dad will ask. “One,” I reply. “But only for a couple of seconds. Not sure if it was a buck or a doe.” Years of such bean-counting reports must have been weighing on my mind when I tossed my hunting gear into the bed of my pickup and headed for a favorite bow-hunting spot. I was on a mission to do as I often say — pay better…

2 min.
ddh community

CONNECT WITH D&DH ON SOCIAL MEDIA AT: FACEBOOK: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DEERHUNTINGMAG YOUTUBE: WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/DDHONLINE INSTAGRAM: WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/DEERANDDEERHUNTING TWITTER: @DEERHUNTINGMAG PINTEREST: WWW.PINTEREST.COM/DEERHUNTINGMAG/ Find us on Facebook FACEBOOK/DEERHUNTINGMAG QUITE THE PIEBALD FOR MICHAEL LECHNER IN COLUMBIA COUNTY, GEORGIA! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A DEER LIKE THIS? ENGAGEMENTS: 2,410 | COMMENTS: 564 Davis Napier: He’s going to enjoy eating it. Nathan Claffey: One time in 16 years of hunting. It was nowhere near this splotched, I felt really fortunate to even see one for the minute and a half I watched it. Haven’t seen anything like it since. Zurlen Austin: I hope he saves the pelt would make for an interesting conversation piece and a nice way to honor the deer. Troy Ripley: I’ve seen one that had no hair and black colored smooth to the touch like a baby’s skin! My buddy shot it bow season a few years…

5 min.
revenge of the… deer?

Everyone knows colliding with a deer on the road can be dangerous, but what happens when a deer rear-ends you — in a quiet residential neighborhood while you’re doing yard work? Ask Joe Jameson, of Fayette County, Georgia. In his residential area, neighbors enjoy seeing and photographing deer. This year, a family group of eight does — probably three generations, including four playful fawns — have been frequent visitors. Residents also commonly saw a spike buck and a nice 6-pointer. Oct. 14 was beautiful day in the neighborhood until about 4:20 p.m. Street traffic was light, and Jameson was towing a leaf sweeper behind his Husqvarna lawn tractor. That’s when he heard a boom and went flying through the air. “What in the great googly-moogly happened?” he thought as he stood. There was the…

7 min.
winter velvet

Have you seen a “cactus” buck? Probably not. That doesn’t mean a spiny desert plant shaped like a deer. Rather, it’s the rare phenomenon that occurs in deer with some testosterone deficie ncy. Often, these deer exhibit biological aberrations, such as breeding suppression or nonexistent shedding, and the condition can result in bizarre antler configurations. Such deer get the moniker cactus bucks because their racks are often gnarly masses of fuzzy growth with many bumps and protrusions, sort of resembling a saguaro cactus. WIND, WIND AND MORE WIND My introduction to deer anomalies occurred during mid-November 1996, on the opening day of Missouri’s firearms season. Then, I prided myself in staying on stand all day, from dark to dark. At 29, I did that often, knowing it increased my chances of being there…

9 min.
from the woods to the wall

As much as the storyteller within me aches to gin up at least measurable drama, the episode I want to relate evolved much too rapidly. On my periphery in the gray morning, there suddenly emerged a splendid buck, and within three seconds, the hillside echoed with a shattering blast. I sometimes wish I would have turned my eyes away after the shot rather than following the buck’s frantic flight as it hurtled tumultuously down the steep grade, flipped once and finally came to rest 20 yards below me. The fallen buck exhaled a final faltering sigh to mercifully restore the morning’s silence. Stunned in the aftermath, I needed a few minutes to process everything that had happened but soon knew to deem it a moment meant to last forever. Enter Tim Millard…