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Bob Humphrey

Bob Humphrey is the Biology & Deer Behavior field editor for Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine and holds similar titles with other major hunting publications. He currently lives in Maine with his wife and two children. For more information about Bob, visit his website at www.bobhumphrey.com.

Youth Movement

Youth Movement

By Bob Humphrey

You might be surprised at how many young bucks participate in breeding. QUESTION:I always thought the dominant buck in an area would do most of the breeding, but one of my friends said all the bucks, including the young ones, breed does. Can you tell me if this is true? If it is, will that result in poorer genes? ANSWER: The picture becomes clearer with a li...

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Time in a Bottle
Time in a Bottle

By Bob Humphrey

Some things get better over the years. Others, not so much. QUESTION: I bought a few extra bottles of deer scent (buck and doe) about three years ago and never opened a bottle of either. So my question is, should I just throw out the bottles and get ... READ MORE


Hot to Trot
Hot to Trot

By Bob Humphrey

You just can’t predict the rut, regardless of temperature. QUESTION: This year, right about the time of peak rut, we had a really warm spell and I hardly saw any deer. I’m wondering is it even worth hunting when it gets warm like that? ANSWER: There ... READ MORE


Lying Down on the Job
Lying Down on the Job

By Bob Humphrey

Bucks, and all whitetails, do things that defy explanation. QUESTION: My friend has a trail camera set up over a scrape. He has photos of a buck lying in the scrape for three hours. Is this normal in central Pennsylvania during November? ANSWER: Ye... READ MORE


Shoulder vs. Lungs
Shoulder vs. Lungs

By Bob Humphrey

Is one shot better than the other for firearms hunters? QUESTION: I was taught to always aim for the heart-lung area on a deer, but I recently went on a trip down South, and some of the guys in camp talked about shooting deer in the shoulder. Which i... READ MORE


Not a Flat Tire
Not a Flat Tire

By Bob Humphrey

If you hear this sound in the woods, get ready! QUESTION: I was watching two yearling bucks sparring in my food plot, and I heard a noise that sounded like a deer blowing its nose or hissing. Out stepped a bigger buck, and the two yearlings stopped s... READ MORE


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