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Making the Right Call
Successfully calling deer is based on the deer’s natural curiosity about other deer in its immediate area. However, deer are more curious at some times than at others. Does with fawns, particularly in groups, are in their mothering mode and will oft...

How High Is High Enough?
These days, whitetails look up. Back in the old days, the treestand was a magic bullet, and it didn’t have to be very high to work. It’s uncomfortable to the deer to look up. Its neck is more rigid than ours, and its eyes are situated to detect grou...

Early-Season Hunting
In most archery seasons and some early gun seasons, whitetails’ preferred food sources are changing as many plants start to dry out. If there’s one sure bet about deer, it is that they prefer the most succulent foods available. It doesn’t matter how ...

Rubbing It In
Many hunters believe rubs to be the most reliable form of buck sign. Some believe that the bigger the rub the bigger the buck. To an extent, both are true. The big advantage of rubs is that they’re less likely to be made randomly than scrapes. Rubs ...

The Secondary Rut
 If you don’t tag out during the primary rut, you have a second chance. The secondary rut occurs about 28 days after the primary rut is over. Any adult doe not successfully bred during the primary rut will come into heat again on the 28th day of...

Hunting The Pre-Rut
Keep your eyes open for the first signs of the rut, because the pre-rut is one of the best times to bag a buck. The first rubs signal that bucks are getting interested but are not yet quite all the way "there." At that period, buck grunts work well,...

Sorting Out the Sign
So what’s hot — rubs, scrapes, trails, bedding areas or feeding areas? Actually, they all are. An area containing all these things indicates a high amount of deer activity. However, don’t bet the farm on any one of them. Split the difference. Hunti...

Population-Control Hunts
With the whitetail deer population exploding nationwide and with the whitetail’s particular ability to live close to human habitation, the public perception of "Bambi" is changing. Ask any non-hunting suburbanite who has had a few thousand dollars of...
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