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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The Gift

December 22, 2020

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  “God’s Christmas gift to you has three qualities that make it unique. First, it is the most expensive gift you’ll ever receive. It’s priceless. Jesus paid for it with his life. Second, it’s the only gift you’ll ever receive that will last forever. Finally, it is an extremely practical gift-one you’ll use every day […]

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Gone For The Day

October 27, 2020

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    “I hoped it would reveal an exciting new outlet for those who find civilization’s artificial environment unfulfilling … and that it would motivate readers everywhere to pull on a pair of old shoes and go see for themselves the things that make a naturalist’s life so endlessly fascinating.”  – Ned Smith     […]

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Hunting Bucks By The Moon – 2020 Rut Dates

October 13, 2020

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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 vanishing sun […]

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Stuffed Heads

September 29, 2020

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  The emotions that good hunters need to cultivate are love and service more than courage. The sentiments of the hunt then become translated into art, as much as or more than trophies. Even the trophies of the hunter are art, for good taxidermy requires extraordinary artistic skill. – James Swan, In Defense of Hunting […]

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Tracking In High Cotton

September 15, 2020

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  Without the hunting, the killing would have no drama, no special meaning or value. Without the hunting, the killing would merely be the extinction of an animal, which would hold no special interest or appeal. The hunting, then, does not justify the killing. Rather, it gives the killing a meaning and value. – Lee […]

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Where…The Deer Track Leads

September 1, 2020

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    No man that runs can read it; but one who walks slowly, and who pauses long to observe, will translate some what as follows the silent but eloquent language of tracks. – Archibald Rutledge       The imprint that has been left on the landscape of literary work when it comes to […]

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