How to Reduce Post-Rut mortality

When I find a dead buck while shed hunting I have mixed feelings.  First, I’m excited that I found something with antlers.  Antlers are the coolest thing on the planet so I’m happy to be blessed with a set that I can enjoy for years ...

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The Knee Jerk Reaction to Chronic Wasting Disease

The Minnesota DNR recently discovered 2 new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease.  In response, the DNR has activated its response plan which includes killing as many deer as possible around the infected deer, as well as banning feeding in the newly formed disease management zone.  ...

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How to Feed Your Way to Daytime Movement

No matter where you are in the country, chances are high that the deer in your area have been hunted to the point that daytime activity has greatly decreased compared to earlier in the year.  Even if you have been careful not to over-hunt your ...

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The Hunt for Big Peanut

  The night of November 6th was hot in Minnesota, both with temperature and deer movement.  When I drove to my hunting location, my truck said it was 68 degrees.  It was less than ideal rut hunting weather to say the least.  I knew the time ...

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How to Hunt the Rut When It’s HOT

In my last blog, I talked about picking your vacation days so that you can have a cold snap occur during your rut vacation.  Well, it’s getting close to the best part of the rut and there is no cold snap in sight.  What if ...

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Planning Your Vacation on Weather, Moon and the Rut

Every year I hunt the Midwest rut I hear so many people planning their rut vacation based on moon phase.  My suggestion (if you have the ability) is to hold off to plan your vacation to see what the weather will do.  Last year, I ...

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Hunt Friday, Because it’s Farthest From the Weekend

I know the title sounds confusing, but read on and you’ll catch my drift.  When I attended the Southeast Deer Study Group meeting this year in North Carolina, one of the most interesting presentations was from a graduate student from Auburn University named Kevyn Wiskerchen.  ...

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Patterning Doe Groups to Fill Your Buck Tag

A lot of hunters put effort into finding and patterning bucks in order to harvest them, but now is also a great time to pattern the doe groups using your hunting property. In a few weeks, those doe groups are going to be the focal ...

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Hemorrhagic Disease Rears Its Ugly Head in the Midwest

As fall quickly approaches, most deer managers are eagerly awaiting the first hard frost of the year. The first hard frost will kill the biting midges that are responsible for spreading the deadly virus known as Hemorrhagic Disease (HD). Unfortunately the 10 day forecast for ...

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