Want To Attract Bucks? Try Preorbital Gland Lure

Paul Z. writes for help relative to using deer urine. “I live in the area of
Pennsylvania
where chronic wasting disease was found on a game farm and deer urine products
are now banned. Do you have any ideas on what I might use that would be legal
and attract deer to scrapes?”

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Antler Restrictions Work

Jed D. From Pennsylvania
writes to ask about the effectiveness of antler restrictions. “We’ve had
antler restrictions in Pennsylvania
since 2002. My friends and I believe that these restrictions have had a major
and positive impact on the bucks we see and take, but others don’t feel that
way. Are there any data to show whether antler restrictions are working or
not?”

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Taxidermist?

If you’re a hunter, you probably have an appreciation for taxidermy. And you’ve probably thought about trying it yourself. You wondered how enjoyable it would be to create beautiful mounts, how difficult the craft would be to master. Is it profitable? We wondered all that, too, so we tracked down one of the nation’s premier taxidermy instructors for his take on it.

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Feed ‘Em And Grow ‘Em

Jeff M. from Pennsylvania
writes to ask about farm crops. “I know that corn and soybeans are heavily used
by deer, and it appears that where you have those crops you have big bucks. Are
they as important as the TV shows make them out to be? Also, what states plant
the most acreage in these crops?”

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Determining Size, Boundaries Of Deer Managment Units

Rick H. from Pennsylvania
writes to ask about the size and boundaries of deer management units. "Each state seems
to management whitetails in various size management areas. Pennsylvania recently moved from 67 (based
on county boundaries) management units to 22 management units, some of which
include two- to three ecotones (farmland to mountain
habitat). So, as a professional wildlife biologist would you enlighten us as to
whether management units should be based on arbitrary political boundaries or
habitat? And, if it’s habitat, how can the Pennsylvania Game Commission justify
allocating doe licenses across a management unit of 2,500 square miles that
includes productive farmland as well as old growth forest lands?"

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A Peril Of Hunting Public Land

Rich A. from Pennsylvania
writes to ask about hunting on public land. “I must rely on State Game Lands to
do my bowhunting. I’m out scouting long before most
others. I find a good buck, pattern him, only to have
him disappear as the “Johnnie-Come-Lately’s” start
hitting the woods. Is it possible the buck is still in the area, but just
nocturnal? Or did he leave for private ground? Any
thoughts on hunting public lands?”

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Do Gut Piles Scare Away Deer?

Karen D. from Pennsylvania
writes to ask about gut piles scaring deer. “I shot a doe from my treestand on the first day of bow season. I field dressed it myself, within 30 yards of my stand. My boyfriend says that is why I never
saw the two nice bucks that were using that area. Does leaving a gut pile near
a stand contaminate the area?”

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That Pesky Fescue

Carl M. writes from Pennsylvania
to ask about fescue control. “I have a farm with lots of fescue. I know this
stuff is worthless for wildlife, but I disk, mow it, and then plant my food
plots, and I still have lots of fescue. Any thoughts?”

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