Can We Predict Hemorrhagic Disease?

Jim H. from Kentucky writes to ask about hemorrhagic disease (HD). “Last
year the deer in the area where I live got hammered by HD. Will our deer get HD
again this coming summer? Can anyone predict whether it will happen?”

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Eight Seconds In The Whitetail World

Eight seconds in the whitetail world can become eight days, eight months, and even eight years of self-criticism. Big bucks get that way because they rarely give hunters more than a few seconds of a chance to get them. Indiana hunter Dennis Bontrager was more than ready for his next chance, which seemed more and more unlikely as the days of his November hunting trip trickled by.

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Cooperation Among Adjacent Landowners Means Bigger Bucks

Jay D. from Kentucky writes to ask about “cooperatives.” "I own and hunt on 85 acres, and have three adjacent landowners, all of whom have less than 100 acres on each of their holdings. Thus, none of us can control the bucks since the deer’s home range exceeds the size of any one property. I keep telling my
one neighbor that we should all get together and manage the deer as if they were on one big property. He doesn’t see the advantages of doing that, so could you outline them for us?”

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Let Those Little Yearlings Walk

Andy K. from Kentucky wants to know about culling bucks. "If a yearling
buck is inferior, should I cull him and take him out of the breeding process?
Will that work to improve the antler sizes of bucks on my property?"

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Managing Land For Big Bucks

Pat B. from Kentucky wants to manage his land for big bucks. "I have
only so much time and money to devote to management of deer and getting more
forage for deer on my land. What strategy do you suggest to get more food out
there?"

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The Ol’ Man’s Return

It’s pancreatic cancer, the doctor says, and there is nothing that can be done. Cancer wasn’t the final outcome, however, and three years have passed now, and the ol’ man has been getting back into the hunting game. The afternoon kicked off with a young buck chasing a doe … all of a sudden, a crashing came from out of the thicket, and out stepped a beautiful buck!

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Switchgrass For Deer

Dan D. from Kentucky writes to ask about switchgrass. "Several neighbors have planted switchgrass for deer, and I read about it all the time. I understand that native grasses have a place in deer management, but they don’t seem to eat it. Should I incorporate some switchgrass in my management
scheme?"

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When Bucks Chase Does

Eric S. from Kentucky writes to ask about bucks chasing does. “Last fall, I observed a buck chasing three different does in one day. It did not appear to me that the does were the least interested in him, but he continued to hound them. What was this all about?”

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