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  • October 11, 2013

    Spotty Acorn Crop Could Mean Good West Virginia Bowhunting

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    By Will Brantley

    The best part of being a rut reporter is making contacts in different areas of the country and listening to their insights on deer activity as the season progresses. You learn a lot by considering what’s outside your own back yard.

    Early in the season I always ask my contacts about acorns. Although some areas of this region have abundant agriculture, a huge portion of my reporting zone is made up of rolling hills and mountains blanketed in dark timber. In much of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina, acorns are the live-and-die food source for area deer herds. A bumper crop makes for a healthy herd, but it’s notoriously difficult to hunt. A spotty crop puts deer on their feet in search of whatever acorns they can find. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 11, 2013

    October Lull Hits The Great Plains

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    By David Draper

    Overall activity status: Deer activity is still slow across much of the area, although I did see one photo pop up on my Facebook feed of a nice buck taken by a friend in western Nebraska on the heels of last weekend’s storm. I haven’t been able to track down details, but when I do, I’ll be sure to pass them along. Although mild weather ruled during the middle of the week, another front is passing through to start this coming weekend, bringing rain and extreme high winds with it. Still, deer need to feed, so intrepid hunters might be able to catch a buck between cover and crop fields at first and last light. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 11, 2013

    Will We See An Early Rut In Wyoming?

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    By Jeff Holmes

    An exciting report from the foothills of Wyoming’s Wind River range indicates wild storms and weather typical of November has stirred up deer activity, including clear signs bucks are moving into the pre-rut. Mike Rinehart of Wind River Whitetails offers a report that I’ll first preface with his description of the Wind River Valley.

    “Our ranches are in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains where they intersect with the farmlands of Fremont County. The Wind River flows through both of our ranches and the river bottom is loaded with heavy thickets of large cottonwoods, willows, and lush vegetation that intermingle with some of the best agriculture lands of alfalfa, corn, and soybeans in Wyoming and the Rockies. Riverton, Wyoming, the closest town, is 5300’ in elevation. Fremont County is the largest county in the state and is the largest producer of alfalfa hay. The hay is mostly exported to the southern states and is sought after by horse breeders due to its high protein and no blister bugs etc., which is why I believe we are harvesting bucks that are 250 to 275 pounds. The surrounding landscape has whitetail, mule deer, bears, moose, elk, beaver, mink, mountain lions, bobcats, foxes, pheasants, coyotes and unbelievable waterfowl.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 11, 2013

    A Trophy from the Low Country

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    By Eric Bruce

    All southern states have open deer seasons with the exception of Alabama, which opens Oct. 15. Reports are slowly coming in about various degrees of success in the woods. Mississippi, Alabama, and portions of Louisiana and Florida are still months away from any real rut action. Arkansas, Georgia, and parts of Florida and Louisiana are seeing some early pre-rut activity.

    In the low country of South Carolina, along the coast, the action is already heating up. A recent cool front stimulated deer activity and throttled up the rut action. Acorns are falling and bucks are reportedly on the move and already chasing does. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 11, 2013

    Playing the Waiting Game

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    By Brandon Ray

    I set the pop-up blind on the fence back in early September. A beat-down trail connects broken canyon country to a field there, and the deer lope over the sagging barbed wire by a large mesquite tree. It’s a perfect funnel. The blind sits 18 yards from the trail and the sagging wires. It’s an afternoon-only spot.

    My first sit of the season there was on Oct.7. It was warm, 80 degrees. The wind was out of the south at 10 mph. The buck I wanted had been caught on camera there twice in the last four days just before shooting light ended. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 10, 2013

    Deer Movement Should Increase As Farmers Harvest Crops

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    By Scott Bestul

    Overall activity: Deer movement has been fairly unpredictable in the region this week, thanks to unsettled weather which has varied between rain, warmth, and wind, and an abundance of food. Nevertheless, some reports of good whitetail activity and shot opportunities have been reported. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 10, 2013

    Montana EHD Update, Part II: Outbreaks Broad, But Not Intense

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    By Jeff Holmes

    I hate to follow up a post about disease and herd loss with another one, especially when whitetail deer populations and hunting opportunities are still excellent throughout much of the afflicted state, but the scope of the Montana EHD outbreak is broader than I previously reported.

    Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (MFWP) and sources on the ground confirm what the blogosphere has rumored for months: losses have been widespread but not especially heavy throughout southcentral, northcentral and possibly west central Montana. I reported earlier this week on outbreaks in the northcentral part of the state as well as on a smaller outbreak near Missoula confirmed this week.  Excerpts from two MFWP news release describe the situation:

    “South central Montana is experiencing a widespread outbreak of hemorrhagic diseases that are killing white-tailed deer, antelope and possibly elk. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologists say the naturally occurring diseases are more widespread than they have seen before, but are not particularly intense in any one area.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 9, 2013

    A Son's First Bow Deer

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    By Eric Bruce

    There's no rut activity or big-deer info reported in this blog post, but for me, it’s as if I’m telling you the story about a Pope and Young Club buck I just called in and tagged.
     
    There are so many things about deer hunting that I enjoy. Nothing compares to a crisp November morning from my tree stand watching the sunrise, or the crunching of footsteps of a deer approaching. But as the years in my rearview mirror increase, another task that I enjoy is introducing people to the sport that I love, particularly my children. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 9, 2013

    Deer (and Deer Hunter) Activity Disappears

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    By David Draper

    Although I stated last Sunday would be a big day for deer movement on the heels of the storm that swept across the region, if the deafening silence coming from my contacts is any indication, I may have been a bit premature on my weather predictions. In the western half of the Great Plains, high winds continued into Sunday, though temperatures did warm back up. Deep snow west of the river in South Dakota has also kept hunters out of the fields there. Even the normally buzzing outdoor forums were relatively quiet. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 8, 2013

    Bucks Are Ready, Willing, and Able. Does, Not so Much

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    By Mike Bleech

    Overall Activity Status: Unseasonably warm temperatures across much of the Northeast Region slowed deer activity, but temperatures were not terribly high so some deer have been out and about, particularly when the sun is not high in the sky.
     
    Fighting: Still only one reported fight among adult bucks, but no doubt a lot of this is happening, and will continue to happen for a while.
     
    From S&S Taxidermy, at Springville, NY, the western part of the state, Brian Berton said hunters have been seeing bucks sparring, but no all out fighting. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 8, 2013

    Scrape Time is Coming 

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    By Scott Bestul

    One of the greatest—and most commonly held—misconceptions about the rut is that scraping doesn’t get serious until breeding is about to happen. In truth, scraping has been going on all fall, and some of the most consistent and exciting action occurs from about the 10th of October through just about Halloween. Indeed, the power of scrapes is so strong that whitetail expert Barry Wensel once told me “if you want to get photos of 85% of the bucks on a property, hang a camera on a mock scrape right near connecting covers the third week of October.” [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 8, 2013

    Older Bucks Are Still in Vampire Mode

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    By Brandon Ray

    Overall Activity Status: The weather is still the limiting factor on visible deer right now. Daily high temps across the region are still 80 degrees or higher. Mornings are cooler, so the first hour of the day and the last 30 minutes are still the best time to catch a good buck on his feet.
     
    Fighting: I’ve had a few reports of bucks sparring, but none of those encounters sounded like vicious fights. Bucks are still establishing who is the boss in their respective home ranges. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 8, 2013

    Pre-Rut Signs Continue, But Some Bucks Are Still Grouped Up

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    By Will Brantley

    Overall Activity Status: Deer activity was slow during the heat of last week’s Indian summer. I spent several evenings watching a picked cornfield with my heart set on one particular bachelor group of bucks. Though I saw deer (and those bucks) each sit, the movement was restricted to the last 45 minutes of daylight. Although the bucks are still hanging together, the relationships are more loose-knit than they were in early September. Many of the deer are stepping into the field individually on various trails, and then grouping together once they see each other.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 8, 2013

    Forecast Frost Should Bring EHD Relief To Montana

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    By Jeff Holmes

    While recent reports from Big Sky country suggest disease is taking a toll on whitetail deer populations in the foothills and river valleys of Region 4 (north-central Montana), whitetails are doing very well throughout the vast majority of the huge state. This Region 3 whitetail dandy comes courtesy of Keith Miller of Montana Whitetails. His client arrowed the buck a few days ago during the end of an unsettled weather pattern that affected deer movement throughout much of the West. Weather conditions are now stable throughout most of the region. [ Read Full Post ]

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