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207 Outdoors Podcast: Deer Management Interview With Dr. Grant Woods

By GrowingDeer,

Here is episode 12 of the 207 Outdoors podcast. Today I talk with Grant Woods of  “Growing Deer TV”. Dr. Grant Woods is a native of the Ozark Mountains in southwestern Missouri. His passion for deer and deer hunting led him to a Ph.D. in deer behavior and management. Grant and I talk about the work that goes into white tail deer management and we also cover the topic of predators and…Listen HERE.

UH OH – PREDATOR SURVEY

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There’s been much press about the number of deer decreasing throughout the whitetail’s range. These reports are certainly accurate in some areas. Declines in deer populations have been caused by outbreaks of E.H.D. (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease) and predators. There’s no known prevention or cure for E.H.D. However, excessive predators can be removed and a proper…Click HERE to Watch or Read More at Winchester.com

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DOES THAT DEER HAVE THE MANGE?

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This time of year I receive a lot of pictures of deer that appear to have a skin condition and questions such as “Does this deer have mange?” Each fall deer shed their short and reddish summer hair and new darker hair begins to grow. The blotches of new hair can appear like a rash..Click HERE to Watch or Read More at Winchester.com

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THE END OF BACHELOR GROUPS

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It’s early September and deer season opens soon in most states. Many hunters have spent some time during the past month scouting and thinking about stand placement. Bachelor groups are relatively easy to find this time of year and it’s tempting to place stands based on these observations…Click to Read or Watch More at Winchester.com

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HIT LIST BUCKS

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Since trail cameras have become so popular the term “hit list” is commonly used by hunters. It refers to a list of bucks that a hunter is trying to tag. Many folks use a buck’s age and/or antler size to determine if a buck is placed on their hit list. Using age as a criterion…Click HERE to READ or Watch MORE at Winchester.com

TRACE MINERALS AND THEIR IMPORTANCE TO DEER

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Folks commonly ask: What’s the most important mineral to promote antler growth? That is an easy question to answer: All of them! Healthy deer produce larger antlers than unhealthy deer. The process of body growth and maintenance requires small amounts of most of the elements on the periodic chart. For example, zinc is needed for…(Read or Watch, Click Here for MORE at Winchester.com)

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Turkey Poult Survival – Dusting

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How many turkey poults hatched where you hunt? It can be tough to monitor poult survival. An easy technique is to place a trail camera near a dusting area. Turkeys often dust daily especially during the summer. They dust to remove external parasites and loose feathers. Turkeys molt or replace their feathers in a relatively…Read and Watch More At Winchester Here

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Turkey Poult Survival

By GrowingDeer,

Check out this video! The hen clearly senses a potential threat. She quietly putts and instantly all the poults come to attention. There are several lessons we can take away from this video. Hens must constantly be alert for poults to survive. It seems all predators – from snakes to hawks and land critters that… Read or Watch More at Winchester.com HERE

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PROTECTING BEANS WITH AN ELECTRIC FENCE

By GrowingDeer,

Deer are very attracted to soybeans. Soybeans provide excellent quality forage for deer! So planting soybeans in food plots seems like an easy win win. However, deer can damage soybeans to the point they won’t grow or produce pods during the late winter if there are a lot of deer in the area and/or the…Read MORE Here

WHEAT AS A COVER CROP FOR CLOVER

By GrowingDeer,

Deer love most types of grain. Grain is full of energy and sources of high quality energy are rare in nature (acorns on the ground are a low quality source of energy).

Many folks plant corn as a source of energy, but corn can be a tough crop for food plot farmers to grow. Corn takes up valuable food plot acres for months before it produces grain. Read More HERE