Why Do Hunters Want To Shoot Only Big Bucks?

Roger S. from Ohio writes to ask about hunting the biggest bucks. “I like big bucks as much as the next guy, but don’t understand why some hunters will
only shoot the biggest bucks out there. What makes them so determined to only kill monster bucks?”

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What Predators Kill Fawns?

Whitetail Fawn with his tail up jumping through a field

Len C. from Pennsylvania writes to ask about black bear predation on deer. “We’ve got a very healthy bear population in Pennsylvania, but we also have a lot of coyotes. I’ve read that both will kill fawns, but my gut feeling is that … Continued

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Where Did The Deer Go In Ohio?

John J. writes from Ohio to ask about this year’s deer season (2013). “What has happened to our deer? It was quiet in the areas I hunt in Ohio. The first day of
gun season I normally hear lots of shooting and see some bucks. This year it was quiet, and I just didn’t see deer. The same was true for my friends in other areas of Ohio.
What gives?”

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One Buck Limit Is Plenty

Andy M. from Indiana writes to ask about one buck limits. “Since we implemented a one buck rule in Indiana, the quality of our buck hunting has improved dramatically. Will this rule do the same in other states, and why don’t more states implement a one buck rule?”

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Is Long-Range Shooting Hunting?

Fred R. from Colorado writes to ask what I think about long-range shooting. “I see more and more long-range shooting on television hunting shows. People
are shooting elk at over 500 yards, and I’ve even seen some African kills made at 800-plus yards. This really bothers me because it seems to put the scales
highly in favor of the hunter. What are your thoughts on this growth of long-range shooting?”

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Impact Of Coyotes On Deer

Randy W. from West Virginia writes to ask about coyotes. “We’re seeing more and hearing more coyotes all the time. The deer numbers in our area also seems to be dropping. Is this because of the coyotes, and should we be shooting more coyotes to save the deer?”

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Scrapes: Treat The Overhanging Limb With Scent

John M. from Mississippi
writes to ask about the overhanging limb at scrapes. “I’ve been following the
advice of Gene Wensel from Iowa by placing pre-orbital gland scent on
the limb that hangs over scrapes. I’ve been starting this in October and have
had some good success in getting bucks to come to those scrapes, but if I
started earlier, would more bucks use those scrapes?”

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Why No Sunday Hunting In North Carolina?

Walter S. from North Carolina
writes to ask about Sunday hunting. “You can hunt on Sunday in most states, but
not in North Carolina.
It seems that the farmers are opposed and they drive the policy. Farmers
can work on Sunday, harvest crops, etc., but they oppose hunting. I don’t
understand that. Is this typical in the other states that have no Sunday
hunting?

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Advice On Buying Whitetail Hunting Property

Denny B. from Pennsylvania
writes to ask about managing a property for whitetails. “I’d like to buy a
small farm, either alone, or with a few friends, and manage it for deer.
However, I know next to nothing about the ins-and-outs of doing that. Do you have any good ideas on how to go about this or where I can information?”

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