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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.

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

By Bob Humphrey

Is it possible to see whitetail rutting behavior in turkey season? QUESTION: While turkey hunting in Florida last spring, I witnessed an antlered buck chasing a doe just like they do in the rut. When I mentioned it to my outfitter, he didn’t think it was all that unusual and said the deer rut at different times down there. How is this possible? ANSWER:Severa...

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Ooh That Smell
Ooh That Smell

By Bob Humphrey

Hanging hunting clothes outside isn’t a guarantee of freshness. QUESTION: I use scent free soap on my body and all my hunting equipment and clothes. If I take the same clothes and hang them in the woods out of the rain, they have a smell that I can s... READ MORE


Look, a You-Nee-Corn!
Look, a You-Nee-Corn!

By Bob Humphrey

It’s no wonder deer hunters are so fascinated with antlers. QUESTION: What could cause this buck to have three antlers? ANSWER:There are several possibilities. As a body develops in the womb from a single fertilized egg, individual cells differentiat... READ MORE


What About This Guy?
What About This Guy?

By Bob Humphrey

A photo alone doesn’t always tell the story about a deer’s age. QUESTION: I would be interested to know your opinion or estimate on the age of the whitetail in the photo. – David G. ANSWER:Aging a deer on the hoof can be difficult without a clear pho... READ MORE


Not By the Book
Not By the Book

By Bob Humphrey

There is no fixed set of rules on how whitetail breeding takes place. QUESTION: During the Illinois shotgun season just before Thanksgiving, a hot doe brought three small bucks under my stand. The biggest was a wonky-racked 2-year-old (I guess) that... READ MORE


No Fear
No Fear

By Bob Humphrey

Whitetails don’t always react when fired upon. QUESTION: During the muzzleloader season, I fired at a deer and missed, but the deer didn’t bolt like they normally do. I’ve heard of other people that had this happen. Can you explain why? ANSWER:I wish... READ MORE


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