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Get to know all your ‘bachelors’

Preseason scouting is essential when determining the quality and abundance of deer on your land. Since May, bucks have been growing their headgear, brewing individualism in the herd. By August, antler development has peaked, and the hardening process has begun, but sweltering conditions can deter even the most eager outdoorsmen from logging hours in the woods scouting the upcoming crop of bucks.Read More...
July 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Wildlife management never rests

Any seasoned hunter understands the investments needed to grow quality deer and bumper populations of ducks and quail on their hunting lands. Premium wildlife populations require special attention steered towards the habitat and the animals themselves. Adequate nutrition and controlled harvests are critical components, but every piece of land has its own set of hurdles, and every landowner or land manager has their limited budget. Even on the best sites, it takes years to perfect management techniques on the land and within animal harvests.Read More...
June 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Call counts are critical in spring

Quail hunters put their guns and blaze-orange shell vests away better than three months ago for a long period of inactivity. But for the real bobwhite enthusiast, year-round care and attention to the species never goes dormant. Favorable habitat manipulation, plus managing and monitoring home coveys always has a place in the life of the quail hunter. Spring and early summer is ideal for conducting call counts to further verify effectiveness of management techniques and tactics.Read More...
May 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Plant warm-season food plots soon

Warm-season food plots are already established by many habitat managers, with the exception of a choice few chasing Thanksgiving’s main squeeze, the tom turkey. These gobbler enthusiasts must hold off spring plantings until after the season passes to remain compliant with non-baiting laws.Read More...
April 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

Expand your food-plot acreage

Where legal, most deer hunters elect supplemental feeding, usually with corn, over renewable, cultivated food plots. It’s a fact that feed corn has doubled in price over the past few years. In fact, corn alone contains little nutritional value and offers only marginal benefits for wildlife, regardless of how much animals have a taste for the sweet, carbohydrate-rich golden nuggets.Read More...
March 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Hunting for the ideal deer tract

A deer hunter’s dream is to have the perfect property littered with lush, natural food sources and covered with trophy bucks.Read More...
February 24, 2010 at 10:29 am

Size matters, but quality is most important

Another year has come and gone for deer hunters. Natural and planted food sources have either dried up or have been trampled down by overzealous wildlife. With the spring planting season just around the corner, February is a perfect time to reflect on the effectiveness of the previous year’s food plots and develop a plan for change and improvement.Read More...
January 26, 2010 at 10:55 am

Post-season scouting key to finding trophies

Hopefully, the 2009 deer season resulted in trophies for many hunters and plenty of venison for many more. Just as they do every season, a few mysterious bucks evade the sights of the serious hunters and survive. For some hunters, thinking about outsmarting a trophy buck ends on Jan. 1, but post-season scouting is a tremendous way to understand where big, mature bucks reside and why they show up in these areas.Read More...
December 23, 2009 at 9:30 am

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