mature bucks

See One Buck’s Amazing Post-Rut Decline and Recovery

Apr 28, 2016 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

It’s rare that we as hunters of wild whitetails can piece together a lifelong photo album for a single buck. Antler size and character make such drastic leaps in the first three years that it…

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Whitetail Bucks Are Not Territorial

Oct 27, 2015 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

A buck can vanish from your hunting area for many reasons: hunting pressure, killed by a neighbor or poacher, hit by a car, died from injuries in a fight with another buck, brain abscess, a long…

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To Beat a Buck’s Nose, Remember Thermals

Aug 11, 2014 Anthony Harris

Understanding the fine movements of wind at your stand location can give you an advantage over mature bucks, as I explained in my article on revealing the wind. A big part of this strategy involves…

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To Kill Mature Bucks, Reveal the Wind

Aug 4, 2014 NDA Staff

Wind is the most overlooked detail in hunting mature bucks. I’m not just talking about wind direction, although that’s very important. Wind gets way more complicated than that. The more you know and understand about…

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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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Causes of Early Antler Casting

Dec 17, 2012 Kip Adams

Every year starting in December, NDA begins to receive sporadic reports of bucks dropping their antlers earlier than normal. These reports seem to be more common in some years, or more concentrated in specific regions,…

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When Do Bucks Visit Scrapes?

Nov 1, 2012 Matt Ross

Have you ever set up on a fresh scrape, only to sit for hours and not see a thing? Well, wildlife researchers have shown that most scraping activity (nearly 85 percent) occurs at night. So,…

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Hunt Does to Find Bucks in November

Oct 30, 2012 Matt Pudenz

When November arrives, everyone is on the lookout for that big buck. However, it’s easy to overlook the main factor controlling buck movements in November – does. As the rut kicks in, bucks will be…

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Which Bucks Can I Shoot?

Jul 23, 2012 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Imagine an old friend joins you for a weekend hunt on your QDM lands. The night before the hunt commences, your friend asks an important question: “Which bucks can I shoot?” For you, this is…

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