The ultimate goal has been a long time coming. The last time I killed a buck was in 2010, and the last time I harvested anything was a horse of a doe back in 2012. So, burning up a doe and a buck tag within a two-week time span has truly got me feeling like the most fortunate hunter there…
Right now, my work schedule is insane and doesn’t allow much time to do anything, let alone hunt. But I’ve been taking every opportunity I’ve been afforded to spend time in the deer woods. On Oct. 28, I got off work at four in the afternoon, raced home, and headed to a stand. Obviously, a late start was not ideal, but you’ve gotta hunt…
As it does every year, Oct. 1 found me in a treestand, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. It was a little too warm for my liking for the beginning of October, but at least I was in a stand. Amen, glory, and hallelujah! After almost nine long and agonizing months, my world has been righted once more. When it comes to hunting,…
If you’ve followed my columns or blogs, you’ve read that, for me, Oct. 1 is sacred. Regardless of all else, I’m in the deer woods. I haven’t missed an Oct. 1 in the deer woods since I started bow hunting. Half the time, I don’t even know what day of the week it is, let alone the actual date. But if…
Personally, I prefer doing only minor trimming at this point, enough to afford a small window or two, during the early part of deer season.
When you’ve got a deer in bow range, you forget you’re off the ground and neglect to consider the possibility of losing your footing.
It’s time to start “earning” that gold medal for the amount of time we in Illinois spend in the deer woods each year.
Is the trait a function of the way the offspring was born, or is the trait a function of external circumstances and/or what was learned?
By not considering the environmental dynamic, a superior buck, and his DNA, could be eliminated.
Pair of conservation police officers helped make the Mighty Mississippi a safer place on this day.
Last year, the DNR implemented changes to hunter safety requirements that I’m absolutely not okay with. In fact, in my opinion, they’re downright irresponsible and could lead to tragic consequences. Now, it appears that more modifications are coming soon, and like last year’s, I don’t see them as a positive thing.
When it comes to the growth cycle and outcome of an individual buck’s antler formation, the most crucial and overlooked element, by far, is the role of the doe.
Probably the two biggest misconceptions about culling to improve antler genetics are the “spike” debate and environmental influences.
Basically, it boils down to costs vs. benefits, and how the variances in this ratio affect buck movements during the breeding season in countless ways. But it doesn’t end there, as we’re well aware of how buck activity comes to life around the end of October.
While much attention is paid to growing big bucks, it all begins with doe health, and spring food plots that include self-regenerating perennials.
Spring and perennial food plots can have a giant impact on doe and fawn health during the crucial periods of gestation and lactation.
Turkey or no turkey, time spent in the field with Dad a memory that will last a lifetime.
Oftentimes, a deer believed to be an antlered female is actually not a female at all, or may be part female. Or, the animal could possibly be a buck with serious reproductive problems — just a few of many possible explanations.
What I like most about CDAC is that assessments and recommendations are determined according to each individual county’s specific deer season goals.
Perhaps a Wisconsin County Deer Advisory Council meeting will provide some clarity into how other states take initiative to include public insight into the policy-making process of any given deer season.
From a hunter’s perspective, weather sure messes with turkey season, especially for those of us with kiddos who look forward to youth season.
Yes, posting was of a cougar, but it wasn’t spotted here, as was falsely claimed.
Why drain our camera batteries, max out memory cards, and waste time deleting pointless pictures if all that’s needed is to flip that trigger-delay-switch over to 10-minutes?
More hunters needed to step up and become certified to teach the hunter safety classes.
All things considered, the naturally occurring physiological and biological reduction in metabolic rate greatly increases the chance that a deer is to live to see the reprieve of springtime.
Don’t be cheap or cut corners when you are buying hunting equipment.