Understanding Wild Turkey Breeding Seasons

Wild turkeys exhibit a range of behaviors during mating season. These include gobbling, strutting, and establishing a pecking order. Understanding these behaviors, including turkey courtship and female turkey mating behavior, can help a hunter be more successful in the woods. Let’s take a look at what you need to know.

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Do Deer Eat Grapefruit?

Yes, deer will eat grapefruit! Some people outside the hunting and agricultural industries are often surprised to learn that deer will eat just about anything. Deer will eat crops, grasses, vegetation, acorns, and nuts. This means that deer can digest a wide range of plant material. So if you have a grapefruit tree in your backyard chances are that the local deer population has already discovered it. I’ve spoken with a guy from Florida who

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Creating a Year-Round Deer Haven: Habitat Structure and Management

Are you a wildlife enthusiast looking to create a haven for deer year-round? Understanding deer behavior and habitat needs is essential for effective habitat management. In this article, I will explore habitat improvement strategies, assessment of existing habitat features, and the impact of age structure on deer herd health. Understanding Deer Behavior and Needs Deer, in my experience, are creatures of habit, always searching for food, water, shelter, and mates. They’re incredibly cautious, always on

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How Much Seed Do I Plant For Food Plots

You know what they say, you reap what you sow, and when it comes to planting food plots, this couldn’t be truer. Knowing how much seed to plant can feel like a puzzle. The right balance is critical: sow too much, and you’re wasting valuable resources, too little, and your efforts might not bear fruit. In this discussion, we’ll be breaking down the complexities, providing you with a clear roadmap to determine the right amount

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How Pittsburgh’s Deer Program Benefits Ecosystems and Communities

Ever wondered about the full scoop on the Pittsburgh Deer Management Pilot Program? This innovative initiative sprung from the necessity to address the escalating issue of deer overpopulation in Pittsburgh’s urban parks, especially in Frick and Riverview Parks. The main aim? Maintaining a balanced and healthy deer population is a task that has become increasingly difficult due to the deer overpopulation in these areas. This overpopulation wasn’t just a minor inconvenience. It resulted in significant

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What Is a Cryptorchid Buck?

Bewilderment often befalls you when you first spot a cryptorchid buck. It’s a rare and unusual whitetail deer, distinguished by its velvet-covered antlers and distinct lack of typical buck behavior. Cryptorchid bucks suffer from cryptorchidism, meaning one or both testes haven’t descended. This affects not just their physical attributes but also their behavior. They don’t exhibit dominance, make scrapes, rub trees, or show any rutting behavior. Their antlers, a sight to behold, remain in velvet

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Difference Between Eastern Turkey and Osceola Turkey

Differentiating between Eastern Turkey and Osceola Turkey is critical to refining your hunting skills. Each turkey species has unique characteristics, from vocal responses to behavior towards decoys. Eastern turkeys are generally more receptive to raspy calls, whereas Osceola turkeys often prefer a more subdued approach. For decoy strategies, Osceola gobblers tend to be more committed. Grasping these distinctions is essential for enhancing your hunting strategies and increasing your field success. Let’s dive into the specifics

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Do Deer Eat Blueberries

For experienced bowhunters, understanding deer attraction to certain foods, like blueberries, is critical. Indeed, deer are drawn to these fruits for their sweetness and nutritional value, feeding on both wild and cultivated varieties. Your blueberry garden isn’t automatically a deer target. Deer often prefer other food like grass and weeds, but taking preventative measures is wise. Protecting your plants can involve netting, fencing, repellents, deterrents, or surrounding them with deer-resistant plants. Let’s explore the relationship

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Best Food Plots for Turkeys

Creating a compelling food plot for turkeys is like crafting the perfect meal. The right mix can significantly enhance turkey activity on your land. This guide focuses on top choices for experienced bowhunters: clover and milo for attracting turkeys and insects and winter wheat and alfalfa for consistent nourishment. We’ll also explore why your plot might have better options than Chufa. Let’s dive into developing superior food plots for turkeys. Understanding Turkey’s Dietary Needs For

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Do Deer Move in the Fog

Understanding deer movement in fog is critical for experienced bowhunters. Fog does affect deer behavior significantly. In light fog, deer continue their normal activities. However, they typically seek cover in dense fog, awaiting clearer conditions. This shift in behavior offers strategic advantages for seasoned hunters like you. Utilize the fog to mask your approach, achieving closer positions. Yet, hunting in fog demands heightened safety protocols, including meticulous scent control. Stay adept and well-prepared as you

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Can Deer Smell Propane Heaters

As the morning chill of hunting season nips at your nose, you’re nestled next to your propane heater, pondering a crucial question: can deer smell this? Experienced hunters have debated this hotly. Some are confident deer can’t detect the scent, while others claim it scares them off. Key factors like wind direction, the strength of the scent, and how far you are from the deer are critical in this puzzle. We’ll dive deep into this

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How Far Can Deer Hear?

Imagine you’re out in the wilderness, quietly stalking a deer. You might wonder how far this creature can hear. Deer have an excellent sense of hearing, far better than ours. With their large, swiveling ears, they can catch the faintest sounds from significant distances, an ability they rely on for survival. In this piece, we’ll delve into the specifics of a deer’s hearing range and offer insights to enhance your hunting skills. So, get ready

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Does Moon Phase Affect Deer Movement

You might not know, but there’s a heated debate about whether the moon’s phases affect deer movement. As a seasoned hunter, you’re accustomed to the patience and strategy involved in the hunt, but have you considered the moon’s role in your pursuits? Some suggest that deer patterns shift with the moon’s phases, while others believe these celestial changes don’t influence mature bucks. Many hunters tell tales of landing big bucks during specific moon phases, yet

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Why Bucks Suddenly Leave Your Property

As the saying goes, ‘change is the only constant.’ You’ve probably noticed the bucks that once were a regular part of your landscape have suddenly upped and left. Is it something you’ve done, or is it a natural instinct? Many factors could spark this unexpected departure, from competition for dominance and breeding rights to feeling socially stressed. But don’t worry, you’re not helpless in this situation. With the right strategies, like creating separate areas for

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A Vision Realized: The Effects Of Preseason Habitat Management

Like any avid deer hunter, I spend the bulk of my free time anticipating the season ahead. This often involves daydreaming about various habitat improvement projects and the potential effect that such improvements would have on the area that I hunt. After all, improving the habitat in a given area is a win, win proposition if there ever was one. Habitat improvement projects make a particular property more appealing to game, thereby increasing a hunter’s

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Where Do Bucks Go When Bachelor Groups Scatter?

Understanding bachelor groups of bucks is crucial in anticipating their movements post-dispersion. These groups exhibit complex social dynamics, with a clear dominance hierarchy shaping their interactions. The strongest, most mature bucks typically assert dominance, influencing the home range of the group and their patterns of movement. Environmental factors, including food sources and potential threats, also play a pivotal role in their dispersion. As autumn arrives, you’ll notice the bachelor groups dissolving, each buck setting off

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Why Do Deer Stomp Their Feet?

When a deer gently taps the earth, it’s not practicing its dance moves—communicating with its kin. As you watch this graceful creature, you might wonder why it pounds the ground with such intention. It’s a warning, a signal to other deer that something isn’t quite right. You see, deer are equipped with a natural alert system, and that stomp you’ve observed is their version of a red flag. It tells their herd that potential danger

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How Fast Does a Deer Run

As quick as a flash, you spot a deer sprinting across the forest clearing. You might ask yourself how fast that deer’s legs carry it away. Well, you’re in the right place to find out. In your exploration, you’ll learn that a deer, such as the common whitetail, can run as fast as 35 miles per hour. That’s not just for sport; it’s their key to survival. You’ll discover the factors that influence their speed,

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How to Deal with Nuisance Wildlife on Your Hunting Property

Living near wildlife can be a rewarding experience, especially for hunters who value the outdoors. However, it can also present challenges when certain species become nuisance animals. In this guide, we will explore how to manage nuisance wildlife on your hunting property effectively. By following these steps, you can strike a balance between preserving a thriving ecosystem and protecting your property from unwanted intruders. 1. Identify the Problem Species The first step in managing nuisance

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What Does Deer Poop Look Like (Identifying Deer Droppings & Scat)

Most hunters are well aware of the value associated with locating and identifying deer sign. Whether actively hunting or simply scouting, uncovering deer sign is a promising discovery. Scrapes, rubs, and even fresh tracks all serve as valuable sign to any individual who is observant and meticulous in their overall mindset toward hunting. However, many hunters overlook the value of locating and identifying deer scat or droppings. Deer droppings serve as an indisputable indicator that

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Do Wild Hogs See Red Lights?

Embarking on a moonlit adventure, you step into the realm of wild hog hunting, armed with determination and your hog light. The question lingers: Can this specialized tool truly outsmart the wild hog’s senses? Do wild hogs actually see Red light? Yes. They can detect the presence of red light, but it doesn’t trigger a sudden strong response. However, if the intensity of the red light is significantly heightened, they will eventually notice. Join me

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Nocturnal Bucks Do They Exist??

The nocturnal behavior of bucks has long posed a challenge for hunters and conservationists. Do they even exist, and how can we effectively hunt and manage these elusive creatures? Is there such a thing as a 100% nocturnal buck? The answer is no! Some deer are changing activity patterns for several reasons (ex., hunting pressure) to move more after dark. But that doesn´t make them nocturnal, as in completely inactive during daylight hours. Rather, it

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How Do Bucks Skillfully Evade the Pressures of Hunting?

Through a sophisticated array of sensory abilities, bucks employ various strategies to evade hunting pressure and ensure their survival. Comparable to skilled detectives, bucks possess acute hearing, a strong sense of smell, and excellent peripheral vision, allowing them to detect and sense danger from a distance. Crepuscular by nature, they browse mainly at dawn and dusk. But they modify their behavior during daylight hours, exhibiting caution and retreating to safer areas. Seeking refuge in dense

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How to Find Deer Bedding Areas

Have you ever wondered how to find out where deer are bedding? We are going to answer that question for you! Understanding their preferred bedding areas can set up a game plan to hunt them more effectively. read.. Identifying Deer Droppings & Scat How far do Deer Travel from their Bedding Area According to Whitetail Habitat Solutions, “Bucks that show up within 1-2 hours of shooting hourse, are often just a 1/4 mile ro 1/2

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How Long To Wait After Shooting Deer With a Crossbow

Isn’t it wonderful when you finally hit that perfect shot with your crossbow, and the deer drops right where it stands? Unfortunately, that’s not always how things play out in real life. Even fatally wounded deer can sometimes run a considerable distance before they succumb to their injuries. So, how long should I wait after shooting a deer with my crossbow? Well, shot placement is key here. If you are unsure about the shot placement

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What Time Do Turkeys Come Off The Roost?

Ah, the age-old question that’s been haunting turkey hunters since the dawn of time (or at least since turkeys have been hunted): what time do turkeys come off the roost? After countless early mornings spent in camo, sipping on lukewarm coffee, and listening to the woods come alive, I reckon it’s time to share my findings with fellow turkey enthusiasts. Let me be clear – no exact science for predicting these elusive birds’ movements exists.

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How High Can Whitetail Deer Jump?

Whitetail deer are known for their agility and overall athleticism, allowing them to avoid predators and dodge danger under various conditions. When stressed or scared, deer can run remarkably, covering ground much faster than most predators. Deer also tend to leap relatively tall obstacles, such as fences, with minimal effort. This, in itself, begs an interesting question. Just how high can the average whitetail deer jump? In truth, the answer to this quandary is quite

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When To Plant Buck Forage Oats

With each year, an ever-growing number of hunters are coming to recognize the value of planting food plots. Generally speaking, thoughtfully planted and well-maintained food plots prove highly attractive to the deer in a given area. Additionally, food plots supplement the nutrition of natural browse within the area where they are planted. However, one must have a steadfast game plan, ensuring that all seed is sewn on time to establish the best possible stand or

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Will Deer Come Back To The Same Spot?

Many hunters find themselves elated whenever they receive a long-awaited picture of a mature buck on their trail camera. This, of course, is only natural, as a hunter’s mind spins at light speed, contemplating the opportunity of crossing paths with a true monarch whitetail. However, many of these same hunters also wonder if a particular buck will return to this area again. This question is especially perplexing if a buck appears to go missing after

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