The Pressure Factor

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Having nocturnal deer problems where you hunt? … me too

This is a picture I found on my game camera last year, and it seems that this deer only comes out and feeds during the night hours.

This could be due to a multitude of things, but the most likely reasoning is probably because of unnecessary pressure put on my deer herd.  Any kind of human activity such as shooting guns, being loud, driving near bedding grounds could all lead to this nocturnalization of your deer herd.  It’s a real problem because chances are you will never get an opportunity to harvest a mature deer when they’re always feeding at night.

The steps you can take in order to reverse this process is simple: decrease your commotion.  There is no reason to put any unnecessary pressure on your deer.

This will relieve the human pressure on your deer herd, therefore making the deer feel more comfortable moving during the daylight hours.

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Invasive Species: Feral Hogs

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This is probably the last thing you want to see on camera when trying to manage your whitetail herd.

Feral hogs originated in Mexico, and infiltrated Alabama during the early 1800’s causing all kinds of problems when it comes to deer hunting.  They may be fun to harvest, but they will completely destroy your green fields, roads, and harass any deer in your area.  They’re simply pests.  To my dismay, I found this picture on one of my game cameras from last year at our hunting camp in Alabama.  We haven’t had any serious damage done by these critters yet, but it is only a matter of time.  Feral hogs reproduce at an incredibly rapid rate.  A female pig can have up to 3 litters a year with up to 8 piglets each round.  That up to 24 piglets in a year!

We have countered their infestation on our property by trapping and relocating them.  More to come on trapping techniques…

Doe Management

The more deer you have in your herd the better right? Wrong.

This could be the single most important management technique for your whitetail herd.  The method behind all this madness is simple; You want your buck to doe ratio to be as close as 1:1 as possible.

The more does you have compared to bucks, the shorter distance a buck has to travel in order to find a hot doe (doe in heat) during the rut.  This decreases your chances of harvesting a mature buck drastically.  The fewer does, the more active the bucks have to be during the rut in order to find a hot doe to reproduce.  The outcome: better chance of putting a big boy on your wall and meat in the freezer.