For the past 20 years, biologists and hunters have debated the merits of whitetail scraping behavior when it comes to formulating hunting strategies. Although few argue about why white-tailed bucks make scrapes, many biologists have concluded the whitetail's scrape-making process is predominantly a nighttime behavior and, therefore, not to be taken seriously when formulating hunting tactics. Truth be known, when many of the major scrape research projects are looked at closely, you'll find the daytime human activity was moderate to heavy in the research area. The bottom line? When the amount of daytime human activity is significant, whitetails become nocturnal and move only under the cover of darkness. The key for hunting any whitetail sign be it scrapes, rubs, or food sources is to make sure there is ample daytime movement in the deer population. If there is, great hunting opportunities will exist.
A look at how nutrition plays a role in whitetail health, but also how bucks and does live differently on the landscape and why bucks, as a result, grow larger based off of the physiological needs and differences.
The best shot for both bow and crossbow hunting all depends on the situation. Dan Schmidt provides expert insights on how to get the most out of your archery equipment when the moment of truth arrives, and is just yards away from your bootstraps.
Deer dispersal is both complex and fascinating. The more you know about this scientific phenomenon among whitetails, the better prepared you will be when it's time to manage the herd. Dan Schmidt provides in-depth insights.
Do you love deer enough to ever consider making a career out of studying them? Deer and Deer Hunting heads down South to see how Auburn University possesses one of the most advanced deer research facilities in the country.