Dr. Grant Woods, one of America’s top whitetail biologists and habitat specialists, says that many hunters make deer management out to be way too complicated, like it is Advanced Trig or something. “It’s simple math,” he says. “If you plant some food and make some improvements to your land, you can go from having maybe 50 percent deer that live on your property and 50 percent that just travel through, to maybe 80 percent that live on your land and 20 percent that are transient.” In other words, you might increase the number of does and bucks that live in core areas on your spot by some 30 percent, which naturally will lead to more deer sightings and more buck [...]
Scientists tracked adult bucks fitted with GPS collars on a hunted property on the Maryland coast. Data collected from the GPS collars allowed the researchers to home in on the home ranges of mature bucks, and the “core areas” within those home ranges. The property was a mix of agricultural fields and woods, typical of whitetail habitat across the United States. “We saw core areas show up in places that (people) basically don’t hunt,” said Dr. Mark Conner, who headed up the study. Mark described 2 sites in particular that served as the core areas for multiple bucks. “One is a sanctuary because it is impenetrable to humans,” he said. “Very dense greenbrier and other thorny vegetation. The only way [...]
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It’s time to celebrate these beautiful little creatures that are being born right now! Did you know: A fawn weighs 4 to 8 pounds at birth; their weight doubles in 2 weeks. A fawn has a unique smell that the mother recognizes. A fawn spends its first month in hiding, separate from the doe, except to nurse 2 to 4 times a day. A healthy fawn can outrun you when it’s only days old. A fawn has about 300 white spots. 25% of twin fawns have different fathers. In a typical herd, twin fawns is the norm. In a prime habitat where the soil/feed/cover is outstanding, 20% to 30% of does might drop triplets. In a habitat with poor soils [...]