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Talk About Perfect

Talk About Perfect

By Bob Humphrey

First-time food plotter’s ideal setup could be even better with this. QUESTION: Hi from Elizabethtown, Ky. This summer, I cleared a 4,000-square-foot spot in the middle of my woods for a food plot. The pH was above 7 and did not need lime, and I fertilized according to the soil sample. I ran irrigation to the plot. I planted an annual mix of ... READ MORE

How Many Does?

How Many Does?

By Bob Humphrey

Habitat is the biggest determiner of how many deer your land can hold. QUESTION: How many does per acre should a west-central Alabama lease hold, and how do you count/identify the number of does per acre on your property? ANSWER: We often get questions that apply to a specific region, state or locality, and the answer sometimes has much broader app... READ MORE

A Twofer for Triplets

A Twofer for Triplets

By Bob Humphrey

Combine exceptional nutrition with good genes and you’ve got the ideal mix to see a doe produce fawn triplets more than once. Question:  I saw a doe with three fawns last year around the farm, and now again this summer I’ve noticed a doe with three fawns. I would guess it is the same doe, and she’s had triplets two years in ... READ MORE

Just Like Clockwork

Just Like Clockwork

By Bob Humphrey

When using a feeder for hunting, it matters when the food is available. QUESTION: What times should I set my deer feeder to go off during this season? I’m in Oklahoma.— Michael Q. ANSWER: Seeing you’re in Oklahoma, I’d recommend you set it for Central Time. (Just kidding) Let’s look at this logically. You’re tryi... READ MORE

Gender Fender Bender

Gender Fender Bender

By Bob Humphrey

Without an examination, it’s hard to determine why a doe would have antlers. QUESTION: Many years ago, a friend hit a deer with his vehicle. It was a 10-point buck, but it didn’t have male genitals. That means it was a doe. Why did this doe have antlers? — Tracy F. ANSWER: Mammals are typically born either male or female, as deter... READ MORE

There Will Be Blood Tonight!

There Will Be Blood Tonight!

By Bob Humphrey

What is the cause of light blood sign where deer congregate? QUESTION: For many years now I have noticed blood where deer have concentrated heavily and remained in one spot for long periods of time to feed in winter months. I only notice this when there is snow on the ground, probably because it stands out so much then. I am sure it is from a deer.... READ MORE

Plug the Hole

Plug the Hole

By Bob Humphrey

Focus on the deer requirements in least abundance to set your property apart. QUESTION: I have hunting land surrounded by dozens of farms and thousands of acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and clover. It has been a total waste planting a few acres of these items, as the deer have miles of that stuff to eat. I want to plant something totally differen... READ MORE

Ticket to Paradise

Ticket to Paradise

By Bob Humphrey

Even small food plots can help deer through times of need. QUESTION: I want to plant a summer food plot. I live in central Georgia. What is your recommendation for a half-acre? ANSWER: It’s difficult to get too specific without more information, but I’ll offer a general suggestion or two. Summer is a critical time for protein in a deer&... READ MORE

Chewing Tobacco

Chewing Tobacco

By Bob Humphrey

Could deer actually be interested in a chaw? QUESTION: I'm a tobacco chewer, and three times this season I witnessed a buck stop and stick his nose right into a spot where I'd dumped a spit cup. I also watched two young bucks lick and paw the ground, then start fighting over it! I couldn't believe it when a mature buck also licked and pawed the sp... READ MORE

We’re Having Twins!

We’re Having Twins!

By Bob Humphrey

If does could talk, you’d hear that a lot. QUESTION: I live in Massachusetts, south of Boston and just north of Cape Cod. I think it was about May when a doe came out of my backyard woods followed by two tiny babies. I was so excited. It looked like the same doe from last year when she had just one fawn. Later, on July 22nd, another doe came ... READ MORE

Bug Problems

Bug Problems

By Bob Humphrey

QUESTION: I live in the middle of the coast range in Oregon. I have always given my dogs brewers yeast with garlic and never had fleas or ticks. This year we have had both deer and elk in our yard almost every night. My dog now has fleas. Is this from the deer and elk? Both my dog and I have had deer ticks on us that we have removed. What can I do ... READ MORE

Can’t Stand the Heat

Can’t Stand the Heat

By Bob Humprhey

There’s no one right answer to the question of spoilage. QUESTION: Archery season opens early and it’s often very warm where I live. I’m worried if I shoot a deer and have to leave it overnight that it will spoil. Will the meat still be edible if I have to do this? ANSWER: The quicker you can recover the deer, eviscerate it and co... READ MORE

Yard Work

Yard Work

By Bob Humphrey

How you can help whitetails in areas that experience severe winters. QUESTION: What is being done to reestablish and protect the deer yards? I know it has been a big problem in Vermont. Many deer yards are overgrown, and the deer are having a hard time reaching the food. Old growth is too high and needs to be cut back for new plants to grow. ANSWER... READ MORE

A Different Kind of Decoy

A Different Kind of Decoy

By Bob Humphrey

Is putting a mannequin in your stand going to far? QUESTION: I’ve got a question for you about deer sight. While in a treestand, do they perceive you as a blob or large object? Or do they perceive your clothing pattern/detail and not so much on the exact image of  your body? I hope this makes sense. Also, I’ve seen articles about p... READ MORE

Dog-Gone

Dog-Gone

By Bob Humphrey

Does the presence of dogs push deer off a hunting property? QUESTION: If there are dogs running wild on our hunting lease in North Georgia and they are running the deer year ‘round, will this lower the deer density on our 1,605 acres? Also, do these wild dogs find and eat the fawns like coyotes? I would say yes, but I am not a biologist. We h... READ MORE

Worst Ever Athlete’s Foot

Worst Ever Athlete’s Foot

By Bob Humphrey

Strange foot malady has hunter and our biologist stumped. QUESTION: I am a life member of Buckmasters and multiple other hunting organizations. For 15 years I have had a hunting lease in the middle of Iowa. Over the last several years, I have noted, with some anxiety, that several deer we harvested have the same physical issue. They have extremely ... READ MORE

Looking for a Cure

Looking for a Cure

By Bob Humphrey

Even your friendly deer biologist is susceptible to buck fever. QUESTION: This question is more about human biology than deer biology. How can I control my buck fever, and in my case, deer fever? I’ve been hunting for over 30 years now and have harvested hundreds of deer (mostly does, with one buck per year in Indiana), but I still get deer f... READ MORE

Dine In or Take Out?

Dine In or Take Out?

By Bob Humphrey

Our biologist discusses the advantages of on-demand and time-release features. QUESTION: I would like to know how you feel about feeding deer protein at a free-choice feeder verses a time-release system. — Joe S. ANSWER: I could give you all kinds of technical information about the whitetail’s nutritional needs, how they change througho... READ MORE

Spikes ... Again!

Spikes ... Again!

By Bob Humphrey

Will we ever get a definitive answer on the question of shooting spikes? QUESTION: I have heard different opinions about spikes through the years. For example: “Once a spike always a spike,” “Shoot cow-horn spikes, let the straight spikes walk” (and the opposite). Is there a distinctive suggestion on what spikes to take out,... READ MORE

Radioactive Camouflage?

Radioactive Camouflage?

By Bob Humphrey

It’s pretty incredible how different light affects how we, and deer, see. QUESTION: I found this picture of me on my trail camera. The picture looks like my hunting clothes are glowing while my buddy’s are not. You can’t tell from the picture, but I’m actually wearing camouflage. Would a deer see my camo the same way? ANSWER... READ MORE

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