Suburban Deer Behavior

Does Smoking Scare Deer Away?

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The answer to whether smoking scares deer is still up in the air. Hunters have debated this topic more than once. We often approach it with our minds already made up. As a result,...

Our Patterning of Mature Whitetails is About to Become Void

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Why are the last week of October and first week of November so important to harvesting a patterned mature whitetail? We have already spent months putting out trail cameras,...

I Saw the Deer When I Least Expected It

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The classic story of whitetail deer has lots to tell us about deer behavior. We have all had that moment when we are packing our gear in the truck or casually talking to a hunting...

Mature Bucks—The Overlooked Personality

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We’ve all seen mature bucks on television charging in for a fight. And we’ve all read the countless articles on dominant buck behavior and how to harvest that king of...

View From a Suburban Deer Bed

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A suburban deer bed is a lot more complicated than its rural counterpart. Biology, mainstream hunting media, and common belief all give us a very specific view of what whitetail...

The Science of Fear: The Strongest Memory

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The Science of Fear series focuses on how whitetails become conditioned to fear humans. The way deer respond to the same stimuli over different locations varies widely, even...

Breaking the Suburban Buck Code

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It’s late winter and many of us in the northeast are deep into what has become one of the most severe winters we’ve ever seen. The snow is measured in feet, for inches...

Rural Whitetails with Suburban Deer Behavior

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Since the release of my book, I have found myself more than once debating how relevant it is to big woods, farm country, and other rural whitetail behaviors. The very core of the...

3 Ways to Out-Bait Other Hunters

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While in New Jersey this past weekend for the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show, I heard a lot of discussion about baiting deer. In particular, I heard a lot about how to out-bait...

Big Bucks and The Enigma of Pattern Changes

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Many of us are looking at our trail camera pictures this late September and early October and scratching our heads. What’s with all the abrupt big buck pattern changes? The...