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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Ground-Truthing Bucks

To hone your skills at estimating the age of bucks in trail-camera photos, nothing you can do is more important than ground-truthing. That means killing bucks that you believe meet your age goal, pulling their jawbones, and comparing jawbone age estimates with your earlier estimates from when the bucks were alive. This exceeds the benefits …

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3 Ways to Track Fawn Recruitment

Over the last decade, predators, especially coyotes, have greatly altered deer population dynamics in many parts of the country by reducing fawn recruitment (the number of fawns per doe that survive to 6 months of age). Not surprisingly, the level of their impact varies from one state to another, and often even from one property …

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VIDEO: Jawbone Aging: Part 3 – Quiz

How sharp are your skills at estimating deer age from tooth replacement and wear patterns? Before you find out by taking our video quiz, review the first two instructional videos in our three-part series:

Part one – How to use tooth replacement to classify deer ages into three groups – fawns, yearlings (1.5 year old deer) and adult deer (2.5 or older).

Part two – How to evaluate tooth wear patterns to separate adult deer by age class.