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Aging White-Tailed Deer on the Hoof - Part I
by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson

Have you ever wondered what characteristics are best for aging deer on the hoof?  When I was growing up in the Midwest, I was mistakenly told that the number of antler points also told you the buck’s age.  If the buck was an 8-pointer for example, he was eight years old.  Unfortunately, before I knew anything about aging deer on-the-hoof, I mistakenly killed a 13-point buck in Iowa that still had his milk teeth - he was only one-and-a-half years old!  Luckily, it didn’t take me long to figure out…
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Spikes: Have Recent Penned Studies Ended the Debate? - Part II
by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson

In Part I, I defined what a spike buck was and explained the ongoing debate of whether or not to shoot spikes. In Part…

Whitetails and Water Guzzlers, Part 2: One Year of Whitetail Hydration and Water Banking
by Jason Snavely

It’s August as I type this article and it’s hot and dry across much of the whitetail’s range.  Although it’s not the only time we…



Deer Stocking and the TTT Program - Part I
by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson

Deer Stocking History
Around 1900, the white-tailed deer population in the U.S. reached an all-time low at less than 500,000 animals.  In fact, deer…



Sentinel Limpopo Safari Chronicle, Zimbabwe Africa August/September 2011
by David Shashy

Tecomate’s David Morris booked his return to Zimbabwe’s Sentinel Limpopo safari area for August/September 2011. He would stalk “Bucks of Zimbabwe”, the spiral horn antelope…



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In Good Hands
by David Morris

Colossians 1:17: “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

Daylight was still an hour away. The air was cold and clear and the stars were shining brightly. They’re going to come to horns this morning, I thought. I checked the wind direction and then moved slowly down the edge…...read on...

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Shed Hunting Adventures

The popularity of shed hunting during the off-season has absolutely gone off the charts in recent years. Today, a high a percentage of modern-day hunters and deer managers make at least some attempt to look for the shed antlers from the bucks they’ve been hunting and admiring. Some have gotten passionate and even obsessive about finding sheds. Numerous hunters and non-hunters alike now spend a considerable amount of time each spring searching for those elusive treasures. I know dozens of…
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