Do Cold Weather Fronts Change The Rut?

Danny S. from Wisconsin
writes to ask about the rut and temperature. “From my own experience, I believe
that an approaching cold front can trigger the rut to start. If
that happens earlier than normal, will that slow the rut down later in the
hunting season?”

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What Makes Bucks Disappear In Hunting Season?

Ed W. from Wisconsin
writes to ask about bucks disappearing during hunting season. “Last year I
hunted this one buck during the bow and gun season. I saw him four times during bow season, but
never got a shot, then when gun season started, he just disappeared. Two
friends felt he was shot, one thought a predator got him, a fourth thought he
left the area, and I felt he went nocturnal. Do you have thoughts on which option
is most likely?”

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What Factors Impact Deer Movement In The Rut?

Andy F. from Minnesota
writes to ask what affects the rut. “I read all kinds of ideas on what factors
impact deer movements during the rut. What do you believe are the major factors
that might change the amount of deer movements during the rut?”

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Can I Make Mock Rubs?

Glenn H. from Michigan
writes to ask about buck rubs. “I know that bucks communicate
with other bucks and does at scrapes, but I assume they also ‘talk’ to
each other at rubs. If that is the case, can’t I create mock rubs, just as we
do mock scrapes and if so, how do I do these to make them the most effective?”

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Can I Make Mock Rubs?

Glenn H. from Michigan
writes to ask about buck rubs. “I know that bucks communicate
with other bucks and does at scrapes, but I assume they also ‘talk’ to
each other at rubs. If that is the case, can’t I create mock rubs, just as we
do mock scrapes and if so, how do I do these to make them the most effective?”

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Can You Become Scent Free?

Ken T. from North Carolina
writes to ask about being scent free. “It seems to me that these scent
product companies are going overboard on all this stuff. I know you can’t
be totally scent free, but just how much do I need to
pay attention to my scent when I’m deer hunting.”

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Genetically Improving Antlers In The Wild Is Difficult

Tim S. from Georgia
writes to ask about an idea that was promoted in Alabama. “I read that a group of hunters in Alabama bought big bucks
from a deer farm and released them on their property to improve the antler size
by improving the genetics. Two questions. Is that
legal, and will it work?”

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Deer Vision And Treestand Height

Gary B. from New York
write to ask about deer vision. “I teach bowhunter education classes and this question has come up
several times. Relative to how high to put a treestand,
the question is when a deer is walking by, if he doesn’t look up, just how high
is his panoramic vision? The students in the Bow Ed classes just want to know
how high they have to be to remain out of the line of sight of a deer.”

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Supplemental Feeding, Deer Browse

Earl S. from Texas asks about supplemental feeding and deer browse. “I use supplemental feed at feeders on my hunting area all year-round. Does this extra feed allow me to carry more deer on the area, above what natural vegetation … Continued

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