My Friends’ Bucks

My friend Crabby wasn’t at the meeting place, so I already had a feeling that something had happened. He was standing on the trail just behind his treestand, and holding a finger to his lips as I walked towards him. He’d shot a big buck that morning, and was ready to take the blood trail. It was an easy one, with steady splats on the evergreen sprouts that spread thickly on the hillside under the towering pines. Then we saw it … .

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Acorns Deer Prefer

Dave M. from Ohio writes to ask why acorns from some oak species are preferred over others and, if that’s so, is there any way to get more of those species?

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Causes Of Non-Typical Racks

John S. from Ohio writes to ask about non-typical racks in deer. “I found a set of sheds a week ago on my farm. There were numerous points around the base of each antler, and drop tines on each as well. He had over 25 points and looked weird. What caused this?”

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When To Rattle

Doug S. from Ohio is thinking about fall hunting already … and I can’t blame him. He asks about rattling. “I’ve heard that rattling bucks during the rut is a waste of time because the bucks already are chasing does and they won’t respond. Is this true?

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One Ohio Morning

The truth is that the taste of the deer meat has less to do with the preparation, and more to do with the memories attached. For the Ohio buck was taken on one of those perfect mornings, perfect from the moment when I opened my eyes… .

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Beetle Man Of Ohio

Ladies, this might make you a little more tolerant of that beer can collection … the one he swears will be worth thousands some day. And just for giggles, guys, try this one out on your wife: “Hey, honey, what do you think about having a skull cleaning business? In the basement, yeah, right over by the washer and dryer. The skulls? They stay in the freezer until the beetles are ready. How many beetles? Oh, once the colony is established, more than 60,000 beetles, but I swear, you’ll never know they’re there unless you open the lids.” Meet the Beetle Man of Ohio.

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Ask Dr. Dave Samuel About Whitetails: Stopping Deer Reproduction

Bill H. from Ohio e-mailed to ask about the effectiveness of chemosterilants to stop deer reproduction. “I live near Cleveland, and they want to use chemosterilants, instead of hunting, to lower deer numbers in the suburbs. Does this mean that in the future we might lose hunting because they’ll use these contraceptives instead of hunting to lower deer numbers?”

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An Unusual Rack

Danny Elswick writes to ask about the unusual antler configuration of his Clinton County, Ohio, buck. “His rack is so unusual, I was hoping you could give me a clue as to what could have caused it to grow the way it did,” Danny said. Check out the image for yourself.

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