How Do State Wildlife Agencies Estimate Deer Harvest?

Every year we compile deer harvest estimates by state in our Whitetail Report and release them to the hunting public, and every year we receive multiple responses that go something like this: “Those numbers can’t be accurate. I’ve never been asked how many deer I killed.” It’s a common and perennial response, so here’s an explanation …

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7 Ways to Check a Deer Herd’s Health

Quality Deer Management can help you produce healthier deer, more fawns, heavier deer body weights, more mature bucks, more rut activity, larger antlers, and other benefits. To achieve these goals, you need to see where the herd has come from and whether it’s on course to get where you want it to go. Here are …

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The Boys of Summer

I’m a big sports fan but this article is not about the Yankees, Red Sox, Braves or Cardinals. As exciting as the Fall Classic can be, I’m referring to something far more heart pounding – bachelor groups of bucks. Each summer for the past 10 years I’ve conducted a trail-camera survey to estimate the adult …

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Get Outside and Measure the Deer Food Supply

Looking for something to do outdoors this spring? Gotta shed some unwanted pounds put on overwinter? Or better yet, want to satisfy both and get a better handle on what’s happening with your deer population? Consider a browse impact survey. A browse impact survey involves walking along evenly spaced lines or “transects” through your hunting land …

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7 Ways to Better Trail-Cam Shots

A proper trail-camera setup is a very important part of scouting and oftentimes the most overlooked. We expect to throw a camera on a tree and have deer walk past. I have highlighted some small steps I take to improve my trail-camera outcomes. By taking your time and following these steps, you will generate better …

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