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Monday, December 12, 2011
Rattling 101 - Part I

I caught movement out of the left corner of my eye just as I pulled the shed antlers apart from each other.  I slowly turned for a better look, but whatever it was that had made the movement was no longer visible.  I sat motionless, intently staring toward where I had seen the movement.  With nothing in sight, I softly blew the grunt tube around my neck.  At the sound of the grunt the buck finally made himself visible by jerking his head up in attention.

The buck, a mature nine point with tall tines and exceptionally heavy main beams, began trotting in my direction.  He quickly moved to within 30 yards and then stopped and looked to his left.  I looked that direction as well and noticed a second buck also responding to my earlier rattling segment.  This buck, an eight point that appeared to be middle-aged, froze in his tracks when he noticed the first buck.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 12/12 at 01:43 AM
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Monday, October 03, 2011
Concerns to Consider When Implementing a Supplemental Feeding Program - Part VI

The Need to Control Deer Density
Part I of this six-part series outlined all of the many positive benefits of a supplemental feeding program to a deer herd.  Two of those benefits were higher reproductive rates and higher survival.  Both of these benefits can quickly result in excessive deer numbers, especially if the property where feed is provided is surrounded by high fence.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 10/03 at 10:28 PM
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Monday, August 15, 2011

The Antler Cycle
Antlers - there is something magical and mystical about deer antlers.  Part of their allure is that every antler is different and unique.  However, our fascination with deer antlers has its roots deep in our psyche, from our ancestors, who have hunted antlered game since man’s existence.  Our ancestors used antlers for tools and in religious ceremonies.  Today, we are still captivated by antlers.

How antlers grow and why they are shed each year is a source of wonder and curiosity.  Antlers are one of nature’s most remarkable accomplishments.  Deer, which are capable of re-growing antlers every year, are the only mammals with this capacity to regenerate these complex appendages.  The speed at which antlers grow, also makes them the fastest growing structures in the animal kingdom.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 08/15 at 01:39 AM
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