Most deer hunters know the benefits of hunting agricultural land. Food sources are easy to find, utilize, and therefore, pattern. There are also usually a lot of deer in and around agriculture—in some areas, there are as many as 30–50 deer per square mile! Much of the public land in the U.S., however, is Non-agricultural. Woods, swamp, hills, and mountains are certainly good deer habitat, but finding and patterning the deer is notably more difficult. Several factors can be attributed to this fact a lot less deer per square mile—sometimes as few as 5–8.
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There has never been a hotter topic about deer hunting than whether it is better to hunt scrapes or hunt rub lines. Anyone who has killed a respectable buck near a fresh rub or rub line is likely to prefer hunting rubs. Likewise, anyone who has killed a big buck near, or on, a scrape is likely to choose hunting scrapes.
Urine-based scents are a safe, effective, and important tool for deer management. According to experts that authored the most commonly referenced studies on this subject, the risk of urine-based scents spreading chronic wasting disease is virtually zero.
Late-summer whitetail scouting should be all about hunters patterning deer—not the other way around.
No one is denying that a bit part of whitetail hunting (as well as other species) involves the trophy—the bigger the better. However, that is a very misunderstood statement. Bigger deer equates to an overall healthy herd with good genetics and nutrition. Far from simply leaving it up to nature, hunter are the ultimate conservationists and game managers. A critical part of that strategy for many is scouting cameras. Scouting cameras do not do the work for you. They are not an early warning system or offer some critical advantage. For the most part, they are a preview to the caliber of animals that roamed a particular area in the past and little more.
The ubiquitous whitetailed deer is the most popular big game animal in North America. And given the time, energy, and resources expended annually on deer hunting, it’s somewhat surprising how many hunters consider whitetail nutrition a no-go zone.
The mercury is rising across the nation which means this is the time of year that parts of the whitetails’ range are, or could soon be, under a drought. Don’t spoil your season before it starts! Following these 6 steps for drought proofing food plots could mean the difference between having some food for deer or a complete withered failure.
Mineral supplements and food plots have caused some controversy due to diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). However, they can be very productive for the hunter and increase the overall health of the herd—especially during harsh winter seasons and when the fawns are starting to drop.
Food plots will not only increase your odds of success by localizing the deer population, they can increase the health of the herd and provide forage during critical times. The problem for most hunters and whitetail managers is
For the prime whitetail states, the rut is right around the corner. You have probably been hunting the early season, but
All summer long you watch deer; they seem to be everywhere. Then the season starts and there you are, alone and not a buck to be found. For years, I wondered
I grew up in western Pennsylvania where fences and property lines didn’t mean much during deer season.
We have all suffered from the great ammunition crunch. Prices soared and shelves stood empty. What used to start off with a couple of buddies on the phone
Being in top shooting shape requires diligent practice year round. The last thing you want is for the trophy of a lifetime to step out—with a 10 second window—and you miss the shot because of under preparation. I am often asked what type of preparation that really takes, especially during winter. So, where do I practice shooting in wintertime? Why, outside of course!