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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.

Ticked Off

Ticked Off

By Bob Humphrey

There's not much you can do to reduce parasite infestations. QUESTION: Is there anything I can do to help the deer reduce their tick volume. There appears to be a heavy infestation on several does in my area as observed on trail camera photos. Are there any minerals or anything I can add to their supplemental feeding? ANSWER: Unfortunately, there's not a lot...

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It’s What’s for Dinner
It’s What’s for Dinner

By Bob Humphrey

The list of deer predators is long, and the effects vary. QUESTION: I hear talk about how bad coyotes are for deer. We have lots of bears where I live, and I’m wondering how much of an impact they have on deer. ANSWER: While predation on adults is ra... READ MORE


Jimmy Cracked Corn
Jimmy Cracked Corn

By Bob Humphrey

... and deer don’t care. It’s all good to them. QUESTION: What’s better for the deer, whole kernel corn or cracked corn? ANSWER: Yes. I think you could make a case for either one, but there’s no difference nutritionally. Having said that, caution is ... READ MORE


Hair Club for Bucks
Hair Club for Bucks

By Bob Humphrey

The comb-over isn’t going to work on this one. QUESTION: I noticed many times that bare spots (all hair missing, only skin showing) happens to a few bucks. How does this occur? I know it would seem obvious that this happens when bucks fight. However,... READ MORE


Cracked Plate
Cracked Plate

By Bob Humphrey

Shedding is usually an easy process, but there are exceptions. QUESTION: I have found several sheds over the years. I sometimes find an antler with part of the skull plate attached. I wanted to know how this affects the buck, and if he will recover f... READ MORE


Early Riser
Early Riser

By Bob Humphrey

You might be surprised at how quickly bucks start growing new antlers. QUESTION: I was out shed hunting in late March and was able to slip up to a group of deer. I noticed one was a buck and I could already see its antlers regrowing. That seemed earl... READ MORE


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