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Rubs for Results
While there’s much debate on the subject, rubs can be a reliable form of buck sign. Bucks use (some) rubs to define their territory. Glands in the buck’s forehead produce an oily substance that contains a scent peculiar to that buck — a signature sce...

Bucks and the Acorn Connection
Oak trees of some species are found throughout the range of white-tailed deer. That’s good, because deer love acorns. However, they love some acorns more than others. White oak acorns are preferred because they have less tannic acid than red oak aco...

It’s Good to Have Choices
Smart deer hunters set up several stand sites for an individual buck or hunt different areas. A buck will soon figure out that someone is out to get him. If you hunt from the same stand all the time, he will simply avoid that one area. Have several ...

Late Season Buck Strategy
If you have an unfilled tag as the season winds down, you’re going to have to hunt harder and smarter to find a trophy buck. The food and doe concentrations of early autumn are gone; the rut is over; and the bucks are educated to the ways of men in o...

The Rutting Moon
There are a lot of arguments about how moon phases affect deer movement. Many deer hunters believe a full moon leads to more nocturnal activity and suppresses deer movement the following day. They also believe the new moon’s lack of light forces deer...

Reading the Rut
Watch the progression of the rut to make the right moves when hunting. Conventional wisdom says that bucks are all chasing does and all bets are off. Well, a buck that has just successfully bred a doe or lost her to a more dominant buck will often re...

Small Cover, Big Bucks
Any time after the hunting pressure starts and particularly during the late season, it pays to check small pockets of cover. All deer instinctively avoid human contact, and mature bucks do so with honed skill. They quickly learn where hunters don’t g...

Scout for Success
To take a big buck, with a gun or bow, you have to know that buck. Good scouting is how you get acquainted. First look for the food. Deer have a lot to eat, and bowhunters often take big bucks by staking out hot food sources. During gun seasons, foo...
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