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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Whitetail Deer Hunting Book Review

At the top of this blog, I feature a book on Deer Hunting. I thought it would be a good idea to review this book for you.

I was quite impressed actually.

It's rare that I can read each bullet point in a sales letter and actually find that info in the book. But this book makes that very easy.

Check out the bullets:

Here Are Some Of The Secrets You’ll Learn Inside My Informative eBook

Why hunters from southern states make a mistake when they go north in search of deer pg. 8

A complete chapter for the novice hunter with detailed but easy-to-read information about state regulations, the tagging system, limits on types of weapons, and in and outs of the differences of hunting early in the season or late. – Ch. 2

The thing almost all hunters do to try to avoid being sensed by a deer that actually repels them twice as fast. I bet you your are already making this mistake.

A review of other resources for hunting and how to make your continuing education in hunting a constant and fun endeavor – pg. 12-14

Why a guided hunt can ramp up your skills, how to pick a guided hunt, and other resources to tap into to get the secrets of incredibly experienced hunters - pg 14-15

7 things you need to know about whitetail anatomy and why it is important for all further undertanding about shot placement– pgs. 18-23

What whitetail deer do most of the day in a secluded spot– pg. 18

The 4 essential secrets about arrow and bullet placement and why understanding these secrets is like getting a Ph.D. in deer anatomy – pg. 19

The absolute low down on what you need to know about deer senses so that you can understand why that regal buck is so hard to find and how to start looking at your environment with a new appreciation for deer and the natural world (If you only read one thing in this book, make sure it’s this) – pg. 21-22

The 6 things inexperienced hunters do that instantly tell a deer they are being hunted (Here’s what to do instead) –

I read all the books and tried everything. It wasn't until I did THIS ONE THING that it all started to happen for me. I'll share the single most powerful thing you can do to become more successful at hunting, and why almost no hunters do it.

How to find and meet the hunters who are the true masters and get them to share their closely guarded secrets with you

How to pinpoint and strengthen your senses so that you can start to become a hunter who is constantly taking in subtle clues and making progress – pg. 32

5 things you can do before you leave the house that can make the difference between success and failure – pg. 45

The deadly mistakes too many hunters make about deer and color vision, this section is another myth busting section and may save your life.

What you wanted to know about antlers but were afraid to ask, you'll start to be known as an authority or maybe just a trivia master by the end of this section, packed with myth busting information – pg. 22-24

What you need to know about deer bedding areas and why thermal currents are important– pgs. 37-40

Why you don't need a salt block and how to avoid using baiting – pg. 31

How to take advantage of weather reports and changing weather patterns to find deer – pg. 32

The 4 laws of rutting behavior and how to use the knowledge you gained on early season scouting to lead to incredible success– pg. 32

The low down on recommended crops and what to do with corn stalks in winter to lead deer right to you. pg 31

The right clothing is essential, I will explain why with complete suggestions and I am not talking about camouflage patterns! – pg.34

Why you need to try on your hunting boots in late afternoon, believe it or not it could mean the difference between success and failure– pgs.36

The absolute best way avoid spending a fortune on binoculars and how to ensure you get top notch quality, this tip will make up for this book and then some! – pg. 38

An 11 item checkist for your day pack, believe me you won't want to be without these 11 things when you really need them – pg. 39-40

15 secrets about firearms and 11 pages of detailed easily readable information about shotguns, rifles, suitable cartridges, high quality optics, firearms training and safety and how to practice efficiently, hunters all too often practice in a setting that will provide absolutely NO training for what will be necessary in the field, are you making this mistake?

I have devoted a full chapter to hunting from a deer stand because hunters all too often don't know state regulations, the latest trends in use for both firearm and bow, how to assess wind currents and how they may change, weapon consideration (you would be amazed at the stupid things that hunters do, don't be one of them), and know how to use your knowledge of anatomy to make the right choices when choosing location.

The 4 things you absolutely MUST do before leaving your house to avoid being sensed by deer (Most hunters miss this entirely)

Why you should never use artificial antlers for rattling and how to obtain antlers and the secret about the ratio of does to bucks that make his successful– pg. 53

The 7 secrets of rattling and how moisture, location, and the weather can make all the difference – pg. 63

Do you know the 5 basic deer sound categories, you will now, plus the low down on digital deer calls, how and when to use the different categories, and the mistake most hunters make when use the aggressive grunt– pgs. 64-67

Too many reasons to count why early scouting of an area will put you way ahead of the overwhelming majority of hunters and what you need to be looking for when you are scouting an area.

23, yes 23 secrets on stalking, glassing, using a canoe, and scrape hunting, despite all the advantages in hunting technology, the oldest and most traditional hunting methods remain effective and are often the most exhilarating- pg. 69-75

4 secrets about hunting in warm weather and essential information you need to know about ticks. pgs. 87-88

An explanation of the unique challenges of windy days and how to overcome them as well as the challenges brought on by an approaching cold front, extended rain, first snows, and how all these weather patterns affect deer behavior pg. 78-82

Once you land your prize buck a step by step guide to field dressing with special attention to avoiding most of the mistakes that hunters make. pg. 64

A special section on putting all the knowledge you have gained together so that you are ready to go out into the field!

As you can see, the page numbers are even listed!

This book is highly recommended to anyone who is a Deer Hunter or anyone interested in Deer Hunting.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Whitetail Deer Management

The deer management techniques that we use on our property have changed a lot over the past thirty years in relation with the changing deer herd. Whitetail deer numbers in the entire state of West Virginia have grown considerably and our land has been no exception.

We started shooting does in 1997 after the pictures from our scouting camera revealed that we were overloaded with does. Since then we have shot 22 does and only 7 bucks. Three of these bucks, two 8-points and one 10-point are the three largest antlered bucks that we have taken in the last thirty years. We had noticed that there were larger antlered bucks when the deer population had just started to climb in the eighties and then antler sizes began to decrease as the deer numbers grew too high and we were shooting the young bucks each year.

All of this made us realize that we needed to lower the deer population by shooting does and letting the young bucks grow up.

We are currently doing several different things in an attempt to have a well-balanced, healthier deer herd on our farm. These include:

Harvesting does.
Letting young bucks grow up.
Planting food plots to help boost the nutrition.
Mineral licks.
Keep records on the deer harvested and a log of the bucks seen during hunting season.
Leave an area of sanctuary during the hunting season so that the deer are not pressured.
Provide a limited amount of shelled corn with automated wildlife feeders.
On some occasions we also cut down trees to provide browse in the winter and fertilize plants growing along the edges, especially the honeysuckle.

The Results

Since changing our hunting strategies we have noticed some changes for the better. We have seen bucks fighting, which we had seldom seen in past years and bucks have started reacting to calling, particularly grunting. We are finding shed antlers now; sheds are hard to find when they're just spikes. Also the numbers of bucks as compared to does caught on our scouting camera pictures has increased dramatically. This tells us that our buck to doe ratio is improving.
On the other hand, we still feel that our total deer numbers are too high. The body weights of the deer we are shooting are still low. The body weights of the three does that we shot in 1997 ranged from 65 to 85 pounds while the weights of the four does in 2003 varied from 55 to 82 pounds. Although we are not deer aging experts we do look at tooth wear to determine the approximate age of the deer. We usually look at the lower front teeth. A couple of the does that we've shot have had these lower front teeth worn all the way to the gumline.

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