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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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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New England Appalachian Trail Sampler

The entire 2,180-some miles of the Appalachian Trail, Georgia to Maine, is marked with 3-inch x 6-inch white blazes, on trees, rocks, even telephone poles and concrete highway abutments. It’s said hiking the entire length takes more
than five million steps! Here are two trips — one easy, one difficult — you can choose according to the ability level of your group.

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Viva la Viv!

In the litter of seven (German shorthairs), one puppy was noticeably smaller than the rest and within a few hours, noticeably failing. The next weeks became a blur as I moved a mattress downstairs and fed the puppy every three hours. My vet suggested euthanizing her, but I couldn’t do it. Her will to live was just too strong.

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All About Groundhogs

Groundhog hunting doesn’t elicit the same obsession as say, the whitetail. You won’t find coffee-table books with a title, say, “Moon Phases and Their Effect on Groundhog Hunting.” There are no Boone & Crockett standards for groundhogs, a.k.a. woodchucks, whistle pigs and even, land beavers. But most groundhog hunters are a fount of information about groundhogs, and use that information to hunt them.

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Hard Times Equals More Hunters

Roger C. from Massachusetts
writes to ask about hunter numbers. “Hunter numbers have dropped in my state by
a lot over the past 10 years or so. If this is happening in other states,
we are in big trouble. So, my question is, are hunter numbers going down
everywhere? I’d think that with the high unemployment more people would be
hunting for meat.” 

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Where Are The Big Bucks In New Jersey?

Ed O. from New Jersey
writes to ask about the lack of big bucks there. “I’ve hunted some other
states, and comparatively, I see fewer big bucks in New Jersey. My friends say it is
habitat, but I don’t believe that. What are your thoughts on why we don’t have
more big bucks in New Jersey?”

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On The Grill: Hunting Home

The first sight of a turkey ranks right up there with the sound of their gobbles in the dark. They just don’t seem to belong in the woods … plus, when your butt is on the ground, they seem to tower over you, especially when someone calls them practically onto your lap. Yet, I had missed … by the time I left for the two-day drive back to northern Maine, I was in the mood for regretful country music and painful introspection about my future as a turkey hunter.

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