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What Triggers the Whitetail Rut?
Sep 15, 2015 - 5:58 PM - by blake
Article in QDMA:

What Triggers the Whitetail Rut?

Whitetails are rutting somewhere in their range from August through February. Amazingly, they breed over this seven-month period just in the state of Florida! Letís look at the factors that lead to widely varying breeding dates, and youíll also see how practicing Quality Deer Management can make the rut more obvious and more exciting where you hunt.

Photoperiod is the Trigger

Photoperiod is the interval in a 24-hour period during which a plant or animal is exposed to light. Photoperiod is directly tied to growth, development, and seasonal behaviors in plants and animals. With respect to whitetails, photoperiod regulates some hormonal production that is directly tied to antler
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Can the Crossbow Save Hunting?
Sep 02, 2015 - 5:46 AM - by blake
Article in Outdoor Life Magazine

Can the Crossbow Save Hunting?

by Craig Dougherty

This 12-point Ohio buck was taken by OL reader Norman Troyer in November 2014.

One of the biggest concerns in the hunting industry is a declining number of hunters. We are losing hunters faster than we can recruit them. In spite of an occasional uptick in hunter numbers, weíre losing groundóground we canít afford to lose. But one bright spot is the expansion of crossbow seasons across the country. State after state is making it legal to hunt with a crossbow and it is helping.

Probably the single largest contributing factor to the decline in hunter numbers is the aging of America. One hunting industry insider, who happens to be a
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Deer Can See You Even When Theyíre Eating
Aug 28, 2015 - 7:30 AM - by blake
Article from QDMA

Hereís a fun and cool experiment in deer biology: the next time you sit down to a meal, first look around for any potential threats, like predators or fire or your loudmouthed Uncle Floyd who wants to join your hunting club. All safe? Next, bend your head down and press your nose to your biscuit, or backstrap, or whateverís on your plate. Now, while touching your nose to your food, look around again for danger. See any? No, you donít. All you can see is a big, blurry biscuit and maybe a little of Uncle Floydís Hawaiian shirt in your periphery. And now heís got you cornered.

Deer do not have this problem. When their noses are in clover, or acorns, or browsing anything else at ground level, they can still see danger approaching almost as well
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