Now is the time of year when Hemorrhagic Disease (HD) tends to hit deer herds the hardest. There is little doubt that water availability is related to the severity of outbreak. In late summer, rain is less common than in the springtime in most areas and water sources begin to dry up throughout the landscape. The effects are intensified when a drought occurs.
As autumn progresses, photoperiod becomes shorter which triggers a change in circulating hormone levels of both bucks and does. This means that rubs and scrapes will occur more frequently across the landscape. This is a great time of year to switch your trail camera to an active scrape.
With hunting season quickly approaching, antler growth is nearing completion and it’s time to gear up for a trail camera survey of the local deer herd.
As a deer hunter, I read all sorts of heated debates about what is the best management practice for a given area. Some examples include: To shoot spikes or not to shoot spikes? What age should we allow bucks to get before we make harvest decisions? Do we need antler point restrictions? Should everyone be allowed to shoot crossbows during archery season? Does a camera that sends pictures to a website in real time give hunters an unfair advantage?
Knowing what time of year that deer will utilize mineral and feed sites can help you maximize their benefits by making them available to deer when they actually use them. So when is that time exactly? Tim explains how he uses the Ani-Logics Product line throughout the year.
Here at Ani-Logics, We strive to stay current with wildlife meetings that happen throughout the country. Last month we attended the 2015 Deer Summit put on by the National Deer Alliance. The main objective of the National Deer Alliance (NDA) is to unify deer hunters and increase our strength in numbers by reaching out to members of other deer organizations such as Quality Deer Management Association, Whitetails Unlimited, and the Mule Deer Foundation.
Who is behind the scenes at Ani-Logics Outdoors? We want to introduce Tim Neuman, the Ani-Logics Outdoors Wildlife biologist and contributor to the Ani-Logics blog. Tim manages the Ani-Logics properties and develops our supplemental deer feeding programs with the Ani-Logics product line.
Ani-Logics was born in response to requests for help in fighting recent Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) outbreaks. Veterinarians and scientists worked side by side to develop sound scientific based deer nutrition. As a new company in the Prairie Holdings family of companies, Ani-Logics was able to pull people, talent, and knowledge, from a variety of our already existing companies to bring you the best deer feed on the market.