Browsing Archives of Author »Richard Bernier«

Ask The Deer Tracker

April 17, 2018


April Column     Editor’s note: Anyone wishing to send a question for future “Ask The Deer Tracker” posts can e-mail it to, Q. – Having a fascination with deer antlers, I am curious as to exactly when new antlers begin growing in the spring, if they all start at the same time, and […]

Taking A Stand

April 3, 2018


  “I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.” – J. B. Books     No, this will not be about elevated perches, climbing into trees, ground blinds, stumps or any other place that […]

Fawns, The Gift of Spring

March 20, 2018


  How a doe’s nutrition plays a vital role in her offspring’s survival     The darlings of the spring come forth amidst a sea of blooming, multi-colored flora bedecked in their velveteen, spotted raiment to replenish the whitetail herd. Initially, these new recruitments face the first of many struggles in their effort to survive. […]

How Smart are Whitetails?

March 6, 2018


After reading this title, someone’s immediate response would be, ‘plenty smart enough to elude me.’ Of course, we have all heard tell of the legendary buck that has stymied all efforts to bring him to bag. The general reaction from those that have routinely failed is, ‘that’s one smart buck.’ While it may help sooth […]

14 Hours

February 20, 2018


  “Many times I have thought that our deer hunters are becoming soft. The man who has the initiative to seek deer in the wilderness areas is the hunter who gains the most from his deer hunting. Tracking and still-hunting is becoming a lost art in many sections, primarily because of unfavorable local conditions but […]

Ask The Deer Tracker

February 6, 2018


February Column   Editor’s note: Anyone wishing to send a question for future “Ask The Deer Tracker” posts can e-mail it to,   Q. – I have hunted a specific mature buck for two-years now without success. I see him regularly during the summer and early fall, but once November arrives he is nowhere […]

The Lure of A Track

January 23, 2018


  Within the imprints laid out before you is a mystery to be solved, a charm to be experienced, and a prize to be had should you play it right.     The snow was soft, temperature cold and there was very little wind as we set off into an abyss of birch, aspen and […]