Gone For the Day

October 11, 2016

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    There will always be, in the still-hunters memory, the song of a little mountain brook, discovered in his wanderings; the heart-stopping clutch as a magnificent buck bounds from a windfall hideaway; the triumphant moment when, by wits and woodsmanship alone, he has tracked down his whitetail buck and sent forth the well-placed shot […]

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Bucks in the Shadow of Bulls

September 25, 2016

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 “With two awful snorts that I shall not soon forget, the moose sprang to one side, and for a moment stood and stared, uncertain what to do.”                                                                                                                                                                                            A Carberry Deer Hunt – Ernest Thompson Seton   The air was eerily damp; the sky a sullen gray, and new snow clung tenaciously to every twig […]

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Rutting Whitetails Under the Evening Star

September 13, 2016

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  And God said, “Let there me lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years…” And God made the two great lights-the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the […]

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Ask The Deer Tracker

August 30, 2016

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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 – When do a buck’s antlers stop growing and begin to harden?  B.L. – Littleton, NH   A – For the most part, antler growth will be complete by […]

The Ultimate Tracker’s

August 16, 2016

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“We confer the degree of hunter on those individuals who can track a deer               for a mile and secure it without the aid of snow.” – Ernest Thompson Seton   Indeed, it does require a special blend of character and resolute determination to become a proficient tracker. Those that practice this form of hunting […]

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Was Grandpa’s Advice Always Right?

August 2, 2016

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  Dispelling whitetail myths   “The deer is so irregular in some of its movements, so difficult to observe closely, and so quick to change many of its habits after a little persecution or change in methods of hunting, that it is not probable that any one person thoroughly understands the animal even in any […]

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Antler Growth

July 19, 2016

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    “Antlers are an extravagance of nature rivaled only by such other biological luxuries as flowers, butterfly wings, and peacock tails. The antlers of deer are so improbable that if they had not evolved in the first place, they would never have been conceived even in the wildest fantasies of the most                   imaginative […]

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