Gone For The Day

October 16, 2018

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  It is this total silence that stirs your very soul with a deep sense of eerie loneliness. The absolute stillness brings you back vivid memories of past hunts, and you fully realize, that it is this very solitude that keys your anticipation and lures you back year after year. – Mer Speltz Change is […]

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The Moon, Halloween, and Rutting Whitetails

October 2, 2018

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  “Try as we have to disprove the hypothesis that the full moon triggers breeding, we have not been able to reject it. We have disproved the hypothesis that moon position has any real effect on activity.” Dr. James Kroll     A full moon rising on the eastern horizon reflecting light from a quickly […]

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Addiction – Taking A Passion Too Far

September 18, 2018

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  “In nature, everything moves in the direction of its hungers.” – A.W. Tozer     The white-tailed deer must eat. The one component in a deer’s life that drives its movements and patterns is primarily food. Find the food they are eating, and you’ll find the deer. While eating may not necessarily be classified […]

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A Hunter’s Education

September 4, 2018

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“The pendulum of deer abundance did not swing sharply to the ‘plus’ side until the Great Depression of the 1930s when much of the rural human population in the south, Midwest, and East began to abandon small farms and move to the cities.” – R.L. Downing     The restoration of the white-tailed deer in […]

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Ask The Deer Tracker

August 21, 2018

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  August Column Editor’s note: Anyone wishing to send a question for future “Ask The Deer Tracker” posts can e-mail it to, rgbernier@gmail.com Q. – No matter where I hunt, whether on my own property or some distant location, one of the first and most valuable signs to me is finding buck rubs. Can you […]

The ABCs Of Tracking Deer – Part III

August 7, 2018

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  “For every buck killed there will be a dozen failures. This type of hunting demands the utmost in perseverance and patience.” Larry Kollor – Shots at Whitetails 1948     Contrary to popular belief and written documentation when it comes to differentiating doe and buck tracks, this author believes wholeheartedly one can indeed determine […]

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The ABCs Of Tracking Deer (Part II)

July 24, 2018

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  “For every buck killed there will be a dozen failures. This type of hunting demands the utmost in perseverance and patience.” Larry Kollor – Shots at Whitetails 1948     (Here are but a few of the real-life experiences I’ve encountered while on the track of the white-tailed buck.)   A Bedded Buck I […]

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