June 2014

spring scouting

Scott Bestul

Spring Scouting: Viewing the big picture


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On a recent scouting trip with a buddy Tom, I topped a small rise and found myself staring at a monster rub. And right beyond that, another nice pine, shredded by a big deer. When I called my friend over, I was kneeling by the rubs, inspecting the damage. Then I looked up at Tom, […]

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Scott Leysath

FREE-RANGE


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If you’ve spent much time around folks who are unfamiliar with the taste and nutritional benefits of wild game, you’ve undoubtedly heard them mention words like “gamey” and “livery”. When you tell them about how you really had a great venison steak last night, their faces might scrunch up as if they just swallowed a […]

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Whitetail Properties

Sanctuary Is Extremely Important For Whitetail Deer


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‘Slow down and hold’ is desirable when keeping deer in and around your property. When pressed, deer are highly likely to blow out of an area if no sanctuary is provided. Hinge cut trees on your property to provide eating, sleeping and bedding safety and you will hold more deer on your property.

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search for deer scrapes

Scott Bestul

The Search for Scrapes


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Scrapes have received a bad rap in recent years. Some of this comes from science; studies conducted by University of Georgia researchers indicate that the vast majority of buck visits to scrapes occurs at night. Couple this with hunter experience—how many times have you heard “I sat on that hot scrape and never saw a […]

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backstrap and blue cheese

Scott Leysath

Backstrap and Blue Cheese


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When the weather warms up, I move out of the kitchen and do most of my cooking outdoors. Standard fare changes from soups, stews and braised meats to something lighter and cooler. To some, topping an entrée salad with grilled lean meat just doesn’t seem right. Meat should rightfully be served next to a baked potato, not […]

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Whitetail Properties

Deer Exclosures – Who Knew


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Dual perimeter electric fences do have a place in whitetail food plot management. The secret weapon – The Hot Zone. It will keep wildlife out…yes, that’s right – keeps wildlife out, until you want them in. The best time to put up this perimeter protection is immediately after the food plot is laid.

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deer rub

Scott Bestul

Spring Scouting: Reading the Rub


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Last week, I talked about the importance of scouting during the narrow window separating snow-melt and greenup. In my experience, nothing has helped me understand deer movement on a property better than spring scouting. But whenever I start preaching to hunting buddies about the importance of this tactic, one of the first questions they ask is […]

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deer backstraps

Scott Leysath

OPEN LETTER TO GAME PROCESSORS – BACKSTRAPS


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OK, I give up. Why is it that most game processors have decided that whole venison backstraps are supposed to be cut into chunks and then butterflied? I understand that loins from younger animals are small and butterflying will make them bigger on a plate. It also encourages overcooking, unless you have a screaming hot […]

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Whitetail Properties

Kill Plots And Recruitment Plots


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Kill plots are those that are strategically designed to tilt the odds to the hunter’s favor while recruitment plots are those that are developed and designed to attract deer that do not typically frequent the property you hunt. Learn more from the Whitetail Properties’ boys on this World of Whitetail video blog. And do not […]

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Scott Bestul

Spring Scouting: Invade the Bedroom


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I’ve been scouting pretty intensely the last few weeks; unraveling rub lines, inspecting scrapes, and tracking down trails. Last weekend I dedicated myself to finding bedrooms. I’m talking, of course, about those critical sanctuaries where bucks feel the most safe, and where wise hunters fear to tread…at least during the hunting season. Bump a buck […]

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