The Shift

By GrowingDeer,

  Filed under: Deer Hunting, Deer Management

Question

How come I see so many bucks in late summer and as soon as bow season starts I don’t see any of those bucks?

Dusty

Dusty,

There are bucks at my place that do that also.  One buck in particular at The Proving Grounds hits the road just after velvet shedding each fall.  Again this fall, for the 3rd year in a row, one of our oldest bucks disappeared after feeding on my soybeans all summer long.  As in past years, he will probably become a resident again in the spring and summer.  This can be a challenging situation.

GPS collared bucks tell us that bucks often have a slight shift or even an entire shift between their summer and winter ranges.  We’re not sure why it happens but every buck has its own personality and movement patterns.

Growing Deer together,

Grant