Deer Dispersal Patterns

John E. from West Virginia writes to ask about deer dispersal. “I’ve heard that all yearling bucks will emigrate in the fall over 10 miles from where they were born. Is this true? And if they disperse, what causes them to do so?”

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Baiting In West Virginia

John C. from West Virginia writes to ask about baiting. “It seems that everyone is baiting now in West Virginia. I hear from the Midwest that baiting helps spread chronic wasting disease. Also, I believe that big bucks just don’t come to bait all that much. Finally, I feel that kids just don’t learn many hunting skills when they hunt over bait for deer. My state is now considering a baiting ban during the hunting season. What do you think about baiting?”

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Impact Of Coyotes On Deer

Randy W. from West Virginia writes to ask about coyotes. “We’re seeing more and hearing more coyotes all the time. The deer numbers in our area also seems to be dropping. Is this because of the coyotes, and should we be shooting more coyotes to save the deer?”

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Let That Little Guy Walk On

Jesse W. from West Virginia
e-mailed about how Quality Deer Management (QDM) is working to reduce the
percentage of yearling bucks in the annual harvest. “Does quality deer
management really increase the percentage of older bucks in the harvest, or is
it all hype?”

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Do Deer Excursions Vary In Hunting Season?

Walt K. from West Virginia
writes about buck excursions. “You’ve written about the fact that bucks will
leave their home range for a day or two, and travel as much as five miles, then
return within a day or two. How common is this movement, and is this something
that only bucks do in the peak of the rut?”

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All Deer Grunt

Rick R. from West Virginia
writes to ask about deer grunt calls. “Last night as I sat in my treestand, I watched several does feeding just out of bow
range. I heard a grunt call and searched for a buck, but none
showed. I heard it again and it sounded like it came from the group of
three does. Do does give grunt calls?”

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More States Making Hunters ‘Earn That Buck’

Fred R. from West Virginia
writes to ask about “Earn-a-buck.” “In 2012, for the first time, there will be
an “Earn-a-buck” regulation in some areas of West Virginia. I hear that in states that
have tried this management approach, the hunters don’t like it. Is getting more
does killed all this regulation is about?”

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Equal Sex Ratios Make For Rattling Fun

Rick B. from West Virginia
writes to ask about calling and rattling deer. “Why can I get deer to come
to rattling when I bowhunt in Iowa,
and if I hunt the same time period in West
Virginia, I almost never get any response?”

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