What Times the Rut?

September 26, 2014

There are dissenting opinions surrounding the question of what exactly causes deer to collectively move into and out of rutting activity in an apparent synchronization.  Many leading whitetail experts point to photoperiod as the most likely answer. Photoperiod is the interval in a 24-hour period during which a plant or animal is exposed to light.  Read More

What is a Bachelor Group Anyway?

September 26, 2014

All throughout the summer and into the early season you’ve consistently been spotting groups of bucks, glassing fields, and checking your game cameras. However, the last few days before the start of hunting season have been a disappointment. A lone deer has appeared here or there, but those bunches of bucks seem to have vanished like smoke. What happened here? Read More

Get More Deer In Front of Your Game Cameras

September 24, 2014

Every season, a lucky hunter bags a deer and in spite of his best efforts to scout the area with game cameras, utters the phrase, “I’ve never seen this buck before.” Game camera technology has made it easier than ever to track and pattern your deer herd’s movements. With temperature, moon phase and even barometric pressure readings, the latest scouting cameras give you the information you need to develop a series of photos of the same animal into a coherent pattern. Read More

Bowhunting: How Far is Too Far?

September 23, 2014

Just where exactly does an ethical bowshot turn into a hope?  50 yards? 60? 90? The answer to that question differs from hunter to hunter and depends totally upon one's ability, and experience. If you're accustomed to back yard shots well inside 50 yards, your shooting form, or lack thereof can go totally unnoticed. A twitch of the arm when shooting at a target from 20 yards away might send your arrow an inch or two off your aiming point, but If you think of a deer's vital as being about the size of an 8-inch paper plate, you're still going to kill that deer — even with the twitch. That same twitch when shooting at a deer 60 yards out will cause your arrow to hit well outside the vital area. Then you've got real problems. Read More

What Deer Eat and How to Feed Them

September 22, 2014

As you’re gearing up for hunting season, knowing what, when and where deer prefer to eat can help you understand – and pinpoint – where to find them.  Whether your goal is optimal game management, a successful hunting season, superior photographs or just ideal observation, look for the right food sources at the right time of year, and you’ll experience greater success. Read More

From the Ground Up | Food Plot 101

September 22, 2014

In case you haven't noticed, food plots are the rage these days. Not only do they hold deer on a property, but they can provide high-quality forage on marginal habitat and ultimately produce bigger, healthier whitetails. When done correctly, planting and maintaining food plots is a rewarding pastime and an off-season activity that becomes every bit as addictive as the hunt itself. Once you start, it's tough to quit. Without an idea of what to do, when however, food plots can be frustrating and expensive lessons in futility.  Follow these proven methods for getting your food plot in tip-top shape. Read More

6-Year-Old Boy Attacked By Cougar

September 15, 2014

ABC News reports that a 6-year-old California boy was recently attacked by a Cougar. The mountain lion attacked in a manner similar to the way it would a group of deer by targeting the easiest prey, usually the smallest member. The boy was released from the hospital and is recovering at his home. Read More

WSFA 12 News Reports Two Theft Suspects

September 12, 2014

While game cameras are ideal for capturing high quality images of deer, that’s not always the case when those same cameras are used primarily for human surveillance.  TRACE cameras offer cutting-edge, motion-sensing technology for security and surveillance applications. Read More

Game Cameras Have Changed Game Management

September 11, 2014

We spoke with Brian Murphy, a wildlife biologist and the executive director for the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), about the effective use of motion-sensor cameras for better deer management. Read More

Understanding Deer Senses

September 11, 2014

Deer stay alive by avoiding predators. They do this by using their senses to detect danger. A deer’s most acute senses are smell, hearing, and to a lesser extent, it’s sense of sight. Read More

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