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It's a season of firsts! At least it has been for these fortunate hunters.
With 95 percent of America’s deer hunters looking at the rut in their rear view mirrors, it’s nice to know that the rut is still on somewhere. Deer hunters in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and parts of Florida are chasing rutting bucks as you read this. The rut is not always as precisely defined in these states but if you catch it right, you’re in for some pretty exciting hunting. The best way to stay on top of the action is to develop a local network of “rut watchers” and make your move when the “rut on” call is sounded. [ Read Full Post ]
It happens around this time each deer season—a late-season hunter shoots a buck, but when he grabs an antler to drag him out of the woods, it comes off in his hands. Worse yet, a late-season hunter looking to fill his antlerless tag, connects on a doe only to find that it’s a buck that has already shed his rack.
So what causes bucks to shed their racks? Is it colder-than-normal temperatures? Heavy snow? Truth of the matter is that although those factors may come into play, it’s more about testosterone than anything else. [ Read Full Post ]
YouTube user tjsticky took a walk in the woods to check his trail camera and made a new friend. In the video, a button buck walks out of the trees and heads straight toward him.
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With the biological rut all but wrapped up, our buck sightings across whitetail country have dwindled dramatically. All the bucks haven’t been killed, but they are really feeling the pressure and making themselves scarce. Your best bets for killing a good buck now are taking advantage of severe weather conditions (providing you have them) and staking out high carbohydrate food sources like standing corn and unharvested bean fields. The post rut, need to feed is in full swing and mature bucks are repairing their rut-exhausted bodies by heading to food sources. [ Read Full Post ]
Michael Charlton, 28, started this season like seasons past – scout, scout, and scout some more. Charlton had a piece of private land that he hunted with his father in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. They kept hunting to a minimum and let bucks reach maturity. [ Read Full Post ]
You probably first learned about carbon in earth science—how it is the basis of all life and has countless applications and uses. But what your teacher likely left out of the curriculum is the history of how carbon came to be used to control hunters’ scent.
In 1901, inventor Raphael Von Ostrejko made the first microporous activated carbon, which is capable of trapping molecules. In the 1970s, activated carbon cloth was invented to protect military personnel from nuclear and chemical agents. In 1992, Scent-Lok Technologies developed and sold hunting apparel containing activated carbon to prevent human odors from reaching game, and—voilà!—a new industry was born.
But activated carbon isn’t the only technology on the scent-control block these days. Zeolites, antimicrobials, and ozone also are being used to keep hunters from getting winded. Here’s a look at how each of them works. [ Read Full Post ]
For the last 18 years, Nick Chadick has been hunting the same area in New Castle County, Delaware jumping between public land and private land. Hunting public land is a bit more challenging because stand location is determined through a daily lottery during shotgun season and first-come-first-serve basis during the archery season.
The wind led Chadick to hunt public ground on November 13th. Shotgun season was in full swing and Chadick had to stick to stands put out by the State. Chadick chose a stand placed in a pinch point between a series of fields and a large creek. [ Read Full Post ]