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How to Field-Dress a Deer

Nov 6, 2013 Kip Adams

Sportsmanship includes the responsible care and use of meat obtained while hunting. An important step toward placing quality venison on your dinner table is proper care of the animal immediately following harvest. To help with…

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Is the “Lockdown Phase” a Myth?

Oct 30, 2013 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Some hunters believe they witness an “October Lull” or a peak-rut “Lockdown Phase,” when mature bucks suddenly stop moving or hole-up with an estrus doe. Researcher Andy Olson did not see evidence of either in…

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What Triggers the Whitetail Rut?

Oct 18, 2013 Kip Adams

Whitetails are rutting somewhere in their range from August through February. Amazingly, they breed over this seven-month period just in the state of Florida! Let’s look at the factors that lead to widely varying breeding…

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Will He Be a Good One Next Year?

Sep 19, 2013 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Every buck’s path in life is unique, and so is every buck’s antler growth progression. Ups and downs come with external factors like drought (or, conversely, abundant rain), poor mast crops (or heavy ones), severe…

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Food Plot Species Profile: Crimson Clover

Sep 6, 2013 Bob Westerfield

Chances are if you’ve ever bought a commercial cool-season food plot blend, you have probably planted crimson clover. Crimson clover is a cool-season annual (in southern states) that is relatively easy to grow and is…

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10 Things We Know About Mature Buck Movements

Aug 27, 2013 Matt Ross

Technology is amazing, isn’t it? As I type this article on my laptop, on a plane 20,000-plus feet up, heading to yet another NDA event, I have access to the Internet! When we land and…

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Ground-Truthing Bucks

Aug 15, 2013 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

To hone your skills at estimating the age of bucks in trail-camera photos, nothing you can do is more important than ground-truthing. That means killing bucks that you believe meet your age goal, pulling their…

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Preventing Lyme Disease

Aug 12, 2013 Bruce Ingram

Two kinds of venomous snakes dwell in the mountains and valleys of Southwest Virginia where I live and hunt: the Northern copperhead and the much more dangerous timber rattler. I used to say that I…

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