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The December Rut

Plenty of people think that the December Rut does not really happen in the Midwest because they don’t see it. I get the pleasure of observing the December Rut every year at some time or another.  In this video I

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REHINGING A HINGE CUT TREE: 21 YEARS LATER

In this video, Mike Hartges, who has been doing hinge cutting for deer habitat longer than anyone I know, shows us a tree that he hinge cut in 1995. It is still alive, with a number of robust sprouts coming

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2015 Early Archery Season Highlights

I didn’t hunt as much during early archery season as I usually do, but I still had a great season topped off by joining my friends Brad “brushbuster” Robinson and Dan “farmlegend” Timmons to see their big Hillsdale County bucks,

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December Hunting in Michigan — More bucks per hour than any other month

  I normally see twice as many bucks per hour of sitting in December as I do in November or October.  Probably more than half the bucks in my area have been killed by then, yet I see more?  Why? I

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How to Adapt to Disruption of Your Small Deer Property

    My buck this year finally came on the last day of the Michigan archery season, November 14th. Three days earlier, disaster came in the form of two hunters tracking a deer through my sanctuary of my 47 acre

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How a whitetail busts your trail to your stand

Many hunters worry about getting busted while on stand. Most people think a scent bust involves blowing and tail waving and running of deer. But I believe most scent busts happen without the hunter ever seeing it or knowing they

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Stages of Life of a Whitetail Buck

When it comes to whitetails, the word mature has many meanings.  It is often used to discuss a 2.5 year old or older buck.  But in fact, from a biologists’s perspective, a whitetail does not reach maturity, defined as attaining

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Whitetail Wisdom with Jim Ward

On Saturday, March 14th, 2015, I had the great opportunity of following Jim Ward of Jim Ward’s Whitetail Academy around on an all day habitat tour on Andy Hayes’ 63 acre property in west-central Indiana. I have known Jim for a

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20 year old hinge cut tree for deer habitat

It is a myth that hinge cut trees last only a couple of years. If a hinge cut tree has plenty of light it will last indefinitely. Here you see a 20 year old hinge cut tree on the property

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How to make a Perfect Hinge when Hinge Cutting Trees for Deer Habitat (2 minute video)

Many habitat managers attempting to hinge cut have problems with the trees breaking off. In this video I demonstrate the importance of stopping the cut before the tree releases, and then slowly falling the tree using a hinge pole. With

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