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Deer & Deer Hunting

Deer & Deer Hunting Summer 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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Media 360 LLC
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Monthly
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11 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
focus on integrity

A college professor once told me that irreverence toward dead creatures (namely, from hunting) is common among humans. The way he explained it was that those who seemed most obnoxious in their displays of irreverance to slain creatures are those who, in the moment, feel surges of anxiety about their own mortality. He said these reactions are hard-wired in our human psyche and we are often cognizant of them. My professor also said it often takes but one reminder to trigger the necessary guilt to right one’s internal compass. Looking at what’s being posted these days on social media (namely Instagram) makes me wonder if this human condition is receiving national exposure to the detriment of our beloved lifestyle. To be honest, I really don’t have to wonder. I know the answer…

2 min.
readers recoil

KUDOS TO THE D&DH staff on your finely made and presented video, “The Shot That Drops Deer on the Spot.” I specially liked your introduction in which Dan Schmidt unequivocally and clearly addressed the issues of ethical hunting and the humane treatment of the quarry, which entails proper shot placement, shooting within your true skill range and being proficient with the back-up shot. I’m an avid fan of long-distance precision shooting, and though I’m not a hunter myself, I accompanied my grandfather who was an accomplished and respected hunter. Through him I learned the ethical and sportsmanship behavior that should be observed while hunting. It saddens me that these fine and important aspects of hunting are often barred aside in many presentations and videos, and all or almost all the emphasis…

1 min.
d&dh 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 WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VIEW! IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE SPRING SEASON FOR SHED HUNTING! Social Snapshot *MONTHLY AVERAGES FOR JAN./FEB. 2020 DEER & DEER HUNTING FACEBOOK • PINTEREST • INSTAGRAM • TWITTER • YOUTUBE FOLLOWERS: 1.01 MILLION REACH: 7.6 MILLION VIDEO VIEWS: 1.93 MILLION SUPER FANS CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE DEER & DEER HUNTING READERS THAT TAGGED OUT LAST YEAR! THANKS FOR SHARING ALL OF THE AWESOME DEER PHOTOS! TV IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: eastonarchery.com cuddeback.com sevrbroadheads.com tenpointcrossbows.com hornady.com huntstand.com gomuddy.com banksoutdoors.com sigsauer.com mathewsinc.com outdooredge.com wildlife.com…

9 min.
off on the right track

Pick up any magazine like this one, query “big bucks” on any social media outlet, scroll “hunting stories,” on any online hunting site, and you never need search far to satisfy your hunting fix. But I bet it’s rare to see a search engine blown up by requests for Hunter Safety Instruction. Okay, spoiler alert, I’m not making that search either, and I’ll go out on a limb and predict the four gentlemen I’m about to interview, all Hunter Safety Instructors, will share a chuckle, too, at the thought. So call the subject mundane, but as long as we’re here you might be happily surprised, as I was, to discover what an impactful role these instructors play. Let me introduce you to some practiced ambassadors devoted tirelessly to sending new hunters…

10 min.
newborn fawn survival rates

If not for their adaptive survival strategies, newborn whitetails would be easy meat for marauding wolves, coyotes, black bears and bobcats. This is not to say that certain predators aren’t proficient fawn-killers. To the contrary, there is mounting evidence that coyote predation of fawns, for example, is creating havoc and impacting annual deer recruitment rates in some environments (see the “Party Crashers” article about coyotes in the March 2011 issue of Deer & Deer Hunting). Recent research has also shown that white-tailed fawn-rearing behavior, as well as the pattern and magnitude of fawn mortality, tend to vary annually and often from one area to the next depending upon a host of factors. Therefore, successful deer management demands a firm understanding of deer reproductive behavior. It’s essential those involved recognize that relatively minor…

8 min.
grasping and rolling with the changes

I was going to begin this piece with examples of how I was on a buck only to have it switch patterns and disappear, unless I saw it in the back of a neighbor’s truck. I’m going to skip that, as most of us have experienced similar situations. Merely writing what I did achieves the same results in far fewer words, and I’ll need them to cover this. Basically, habitat and whitetail physiology change drastically during the season. If you want to be in deer from the opener through closing, you need a plan of attack that anticipates those changes and puts you in stands to capitalize on them before they occur. Here’s how to do that. UNDERSTANDING FOOD One of the more eye-opening lessons I’ve learned from a biologist involves the various stages of…