Born With One Hoof in the Grave? Fawns Die Even Without Predators

Predators are one of the most widely discussed topics of deer hunting in the past few years, particularly in regards to population management and fawn survival. If you were to ask any hunter what factor is most limiting to fawn recruitment where they hunt, chances are they will say coyotes. It’s no surprise why. Nearly …

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Help Deer Refuel After the Rut

Bucks expend a great deal of energy during the fall preparing for and participating in the rut. Depending on the buck:doe ratio, activities like scraping, rubbing, fighting, seeking and chasing can stretch over weeks or even months, and during this time bucks spend less time feeding than normal. Even in well managed herds with balanced …

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The Dwindling Doe Harvest

The year was 1999. We were on the cusp of a new century. The Yankees won the World Series for the 25th time. The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl for the second time, and more importantly from a deer management perspective, hunters shot more antlerless deer than antlered bucks for the first time. That …

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Find Your Buck Harvest Sweet Spot

Prescribed fire brings a bonus to hunters in the South, where dense forest cover dominates most landscapes: Fire helps us find sheds. Most sheds in my personal collection are blackened by fire, and it was in a newly burned area that I enjoyed a successful morning of shed hunting a couple of years ago, finding …

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Michigan Study Shows APRs Can Provide Deer Management Benefits

For decades, the percentage of 1½-year-old or “yearling” bucks in the national harvest has been declining. Where yearlings once made up nearly 70 percent of the national buck harvest, today that number is around 34 percent and holding. However, yearling buck harvest remains high in some areas, and hunters in many areas are working to …

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