Winded By Bucks

John R. from West Virginia has been having a problem being winded by bucks. “I hunt a wooded hillside between a cornfield and bedding area. There is a major deer trail about one-fourth of the way down from the top of the hill … It’s a great trail and I’ve seen several really good bucks using it. However, many times deer will spook when they get near my stand. What do you think is the problem?”

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Aggressive Deer Behavior

John H. from West Virginia writes about something he observed in winter. "I feed deer in the winter just to observe them. Several times this year, I observed adult does standing on their hind legs and kicking out at other deer … sort of in a boxing position. Obviously this is an aggressive response, but why does and not the bucks?"

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West Virginia: Fall Mountain Splendor

The sun skips and plays off the dazzling waters of Williams River, W. Va. It is a beautiful day for a fall drive. The late afternoon sun backlights the trees enhancing the yellow, orange, and red of the leaves. We have seen some beautiful country today … the splendor of West Virginia’s majestic mountains in fall.

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Caring For Venison

Carol B. from West Virginia asked why some venison she cooked tasted bad. There could be a myriad of reasons for venison not tasting good, but the primary one probably has to do with the hunter, how it was gutted, and subsequently taken care of after the deer expired.

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Ask Dr. Dave Samuel About Whitetails: Food Plots: What To Plant

An e-mail from “COOLROD,” a hunter from West Virginia, asks what he should plant in a mountain field food plot for deer. He asks if “Shot Plot” from Evolved Habitats would be a good choice. He notes he has two small fields, and doesn’t have much equipment to use — only a small disc behind a four-wheeler.

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9/11: About Barriers

For several years now, the Archery Manufacturers Organization and industry sponsors have been hosting archery weekends for Congressional members and staff. From a work environment tainted with threads of sorrow and fear after 9/11, they could escape to a timeless place of freedom and beauty — the deer woods.

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Plants Deer Eat

Mike F. from West Virginia e-mailed to ask about what plants deer eat. “There is a lot of spicebush in the area I hunt. It grows at 3 feet to 6 feet to 8 feet above ground, perfect for deer to browse, but they don’t seem to touch it. Why not?”

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Quality Deer Management

Bill M. from West Virginia asks a question about quality deer management. “We’ve been trying QDM on our 1,000-acre hunting lease for five years, but buck size is still the same. What are we doing wrong?”

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