Adaptive Management for White-tailed Deer: How to Roll with the Punches

Every serious land manager will inevitably deal with failure at some point throughout the year. Whether it is drought, disease, equipment failure, or any number of other negative possibilities, the sign of a good manager is one that learns to deal with adversity and comes back smarter or stronger because of it.

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Pulse Resource Availability and Deer Movement

Acorns are raining down across much of the U.S. right now, so it is a great time to talk about pulse resource availability.

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Interesting Trail Cam Pictures

Every year that I run trail cameras, it never ceases to amaze me how many interesting things I would miss if I was not using trail cameras.

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Advice for Aging Bucks on the Hoof

With trail camera pictures rolling in, it’s time to decide if that borderline buck is on the hit list or if he gets a free pass this year.

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Tree Stand Safety - Don't Leave Home Without It

Every year I hear of someone that had an accident involving treestand setup or use. This blog will explain the steps you should take to stay safe while using a treestand.

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Hemorrhagic Disease, Salt Content and the Connection to Water Sources

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.

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Rub and Scrape Activity on the Rise

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.

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Tips for Making Your Trail Camera Survey a Success

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.

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The Next Great Debate

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?

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