The Allure of A Bird

May 10, 2021

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  Some men suppose, probably judging by the domestic variety, that wild turkeys are dumb, and they don’t understand why others consider hunting them such fine sport. It’s because of its difficulty and uncertainty. It offers a challenge that only those naturally gifted with woods sense and patience can master. – Archibald Rutledge, Turkey Hunting […]

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The Wary Warrior

April 27, 2021

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  By Guest Blogger, Hart L. Daley     The turkey hunters exert painstaking effort, as they plan to embark on their quest to outwit the wary old mossy head. They enter their hunting area in stealth, under the cover of darkness. As they sit motionless in the slowly awakening morning light, the silence is […]

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Great Mistakes – AKA, I’ve Blown It

April 13, 2021

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      “None of the good hunters I have ever known blamed another man’s success for his own failures. Each admitted his own shortcomings and worked to improve them.”  Roger Rothhaar/Whitetail Magic       Making mistakes is how we learn. Lord knows I’ve made more than my fair share over the years. Without […]

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Ask The Deer Tracker

March 30, 2021

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  March 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. – Late this summer I photographed two different fawns just two days apart in two different locations of the Adirondacks. The first was a fawn in […]

A Deer Named Jed

March 16, 2021

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  This here is a narrative from a deer named Jed, a big whitetail buck who’s trying to keep from being dead. With a size twelve hoof and gigantic rack, let’s find out what he thinks once he’s being tracked. And then one day when he was chasing a doe, from out of nowhere came […]

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The Long Game

March 2, 2021

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  “For us who are hunters, the need to engage nature firsthand is as powerful and as elemental as the need for food and comfort and sex. For us, engaging nature is to engage life itself. I do not roust myself out of a warm bed in freezing darkness and struggle through mud, water and […]

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Whitetail Academia – Lessons from 5 Wilderness Bucks

February 16, 2021

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  “Argument goes on endlessly as to whether all of a deer’s actions are instinctive responses to situations. It is the argument of ‘purposive actions’ verses ‘reflexive actions.’ Whatever camp you may be in is irrelevant. As far as I’m concerned, when a whitetail can make as many right choices as he is found to […]

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Hunting Big Bucks in Close Quarters

February 2, 2021

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  Although it makes for sensational reading when we learn of someone’s uncanny hunting exploits and their ability to sneak within spitting distance of an unsuspecting buck, seldom if ever is this accomplished solely on the basis of hunting prowess. – RGB     Dawn’s first light was a murky gray, diffused by fog and […]

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Ask The Deer Tracker

January 19, 2021

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    January 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. – How long does it take a buck to shed his velvet, and why are his antlers red following this process?    T. M. – Casco, […]

Being Tracked ~ A Buck’s Perspective

January 5, 2021

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  Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles in the heavens; they chased us on the mountains; they lay wait for us in the wilderness. – Lamentations 4:19     Whitetail deer have little ability to reason; their lives are lived in the here and now. The attributes they possess are the very defense mechanisms […]

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