Breeding Fawn Does

Dan T. from Tennessee, writes to tell me that he has a friend that told him that all fawn does can breed their first fall. “Is this true?” Dan asks.

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Hunting Near Roads

Ted A. from New York writes to ask about people hunting near roads. “I believe that a fair number of hunters do not get far from roads. This means that even on public land, if you hike back in, hunt the rough cover, you can find good deer hunting. Is there any data to show this?”

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Bobcat Predation On Deer

Shane R. from South Carolina writes to ask about bobcat predation on deer. “I live near Kiawah Island, S.C., and have heard that bobcats on that island take a lot of deer. This surprises me because I didn’t think that: (1) we had that many bobcats around; and (2) that they ate a lot of deer. Do you know about this situation?”

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Preventing Bucks From Going Nocturnal

Keith R. from Alabama writes to ask about the bucks on his 480-acre lease. It seems he and his group saw some good 140-plus class bucks before the season opened, but after hunting started, they just saw sign. “How can we keep these bucks from going nocturnal on us?” he asks.

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Deer And Salt Blocks

Erica W. from Tennessee writes to ask about salt blocks. “Do deer really go to salt, and if so why? And should I put out salt blocks?” Dr. Dave Samuel Actually deer will visit salt blocks year-round, but they do … Continued

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Attracting, Holding Bucks

Aenon J. writes: “I have a small tract of land that has a lot of game on the land that surrounds it. I would like to know what is the best attractant — food or another source such as golden acorns (corn), or scents. I have planted acorn trees, put out corn, molasses blocks, salt blocks, clover, and rye grass. What can I use to hold the game on my property and improve antler growth? I would also like to know what I could build to help keep the turkeys from getting eaten by the predators during their egg-laying stages.”

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Baiting In West Virginia

John C. from West Virginia writes to ask about baiting. “It seems that everyone is baiting now in West Virginia. I hear from the Midwest that baiting helps spread chronic wasting disease. Also, I believe that big bucks just don’t come to bait all that much. Finally, I feel that kids just don’t learn many hunting skills when they hunt over bait for deer. My state is now considering a baiting ban during the hunting season. What do you think about baiting?”

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Can A Deer With An Injured Leg Be Helped?

Debbie from North Carolina asks: “I have a deer with a non-functioning rear leg in my yard. He seems to hobble around very slowly, but is eating. Can he be
helped or do I just leave him be? The leg is not hanging and he can hold it up while hobbling around. Do you think it will heal? Also, do deer feel pain
like we do? I am an animal lover and it breaks my heart. Please advise.”

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