Grandfatherly Wisdom

February 21, 2017

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“…there is not a grandfather who does not adore his grandsons (granddaughters).” – Victor Hugo Grandfatherhood, if that is indeed a word, (it should be if it isn’t) may well be the greatest blessing bestowed upon the male race. It is a special title reserved for those who survived parenting. As I sit and pen […]

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Why Hunters Understand Deer Best

February 7, 2017

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  “In discussing deer hunting as a sport, it seems to me that we must never lose sight of the fact that its interest is due chiefly to the nature of the game pursued . . . I hope to be a stag follower as long as I can see a sight. This feeling I […]

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Improvising on the Ancient

January 24, 2017

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    Big tracks don’t lie! It has long been known that tracking something, regardless of species, meant following the sign being left in the hounded beasts wake. The key component that is heavily relied upon by the deer tracker of North America is the snow that blankets the forest floor, for without its presence, […]

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When Lightning Strikes

January 10, 2017

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The Aftermath of Shooting a Record Class Whitetail     It only takes a fraction of a second. The buck is in your sights, your heart pounds, the trigger is reflexively squeezed and then, silence. As you walk to the location where the animal was standing when shot, you begin to see bits and pieces […]

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Ask The Deer Tracker

December 27, 2016

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  December 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. –Recently I witnessed a pair of bucks take turns licking each other, particularly around the head and neck area. Is this normal behavior for bucks or could these two […]

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Day 77

December 13, 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 Seventy-six hunting days had come and gone since I killed my last buck (even though it was my single best all-around buck: 160 class; 260 […]

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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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