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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.

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 smell. Does that scare the deer? ANSWER:I guess that depends partly on what the odor is that you smell. Whether...

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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


They Start Young
They Start Young

By Bob Humphrey

Nutrition plays a key role in when does breed for the first time. QUESTION: How soon can a whitetail fawn breed? ANSWER: Most does breed as yearlings in their second fall. However, it has been observed in areas of high nutrition that some does are br... READ MORE


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