Driving For An Ohio Buck

When Ohio hunter Don Zimmerman saw the buck during archery season he
thought, "I wish he would get a little closer." As the saying goes,
be careful what you wish for … .

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Damage To Antlers In Velvet

Don J. from Ohio writes to ask about damaged antlers. "A buck that I’ve
been watching is now in velvet, with small antlers just beginning to grow. Last
night I noticed that there was a slice and blood near the base of one antler.
Will that affect that antler as it grows?"

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Brain Abscesses Kill Bucks

Ed J. From Ohio writes to ask about a dead buck he found. "I own some
property in eastern Ohio, and last winter found a big non-typical buck dead. He
had an extra antler tine coming off the base of one antler. The buck had a scar
near the base of the antler, and that scar appeared to be around 4 months
old.  Otherwise the deer appeared in perfect shape. Why do you think this
buck died?"

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Do Trail Cameras Really Determine Harvest Success?

Jerry C. from Ohio writes to ask about using infrared cameras for bucks.
"I’ve got several cameras out on my hunting area and am getting some good
pictures of two really good bucks. My question is, is this worth my time? What
I mean by that is getting photos of bucks on cameras going to translate into
better success for me? I know bucks move around a lot, so maybe these photos
just tell me that a big bucks passed through.”

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The Amazing Walleye

I had my first encounter with walleye on the front end of an electrofishing boat. Ohio’s Maumee River is renowned for the massive numbers of walleyes that make their way upstream to spawn. They swim in from Lake Erie, and we were there to collect spawn. Few would argue that you can find a better tasting fish. Few would argue that other fish fight harder. Besides cool, deep lakes, you can find walleyes now in almost every state that has cool and deep, man-made reservoirs that provide habitat.

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Four Mile Memories

A little stream in southern Ohio caught me as a youngster — an anchor point from where I would take all bearings for things to come. I became enamored with the darters and dace, the smallmouth bass, and the green sunfish. And it was angling that brought me to sense the land fully and angling that made the narrative with the land possible.

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What To Plant To Attract Bucks In Ohio

Noel B. from Ohio writes to ask about the 300-acre farm that he and his friends hunt in West Virginia. The area has been timbered and all oaks taken. The area is overrun with does, and all bucks are small. Noel knows that the two things he needs on the property are cover and nutrition. We covered the cover problem in a previous question. Now to the nutrition part of the equation. What should he be planting on this site?

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Where Are All The Bucks?

Noel B. from Ohio writes to ask about the 300-acre farm that he and his friends hunt in West Virginia. The area has been logged out and all the oaks were taken. He says the area is overrun with does, and all the bucks are small. They’ve taken 40 does from the property and no bucks over the past two years, yet still aren’t seeing bucks.

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