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Spotted Recruitments

July 2, 2013

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 The Deer of the Future                       Few things in nature are more precious and delightful than the miracle of birth …                   especially so when the arrival is that of a spotted, whitetail fawn.  Like the blossoming of a delicate flower, which, without warning, suddenly bursts forth from its bud into full bloom, […]

Ask The Turkey Tracker

May 7, 2013

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  May Column   (Editors note, As a spin off from our regular Ask The Deer Tracker column, each May we will run the column with turkeys being the topic. As always, send your questions to: rgbernier@gmail.com.)     Q. – How often do you call and what are your favorite calls to use?                                                                                               […]

What Turkeys Do To Us

April 23, 2013

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    “You don’t hunt turkeys because you want to; you hunt turkeys because you have to.” –                                                                                                                 Tom Kelly     Little could I have realized what turkeys would do to me when I first began chasing the bronzed kings back in the spring of ’02. Yes, I got started late in this elusive […]

Ask The Deer Tracker

February 26, 2013

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February   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. – Do you think there’s correspondence between early signs of the rut, specifically rubs and scrapes, as they correlate to mature bucks? That is, do studies and/or your experience indicate […]

A Whitetail’s Depressed Winter Metabolism – Fact or Fiction?

February 12, 2013

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 (Part II of a 2 part series)   (The last post we looked at the hypothesis regarding a whitetail’s ability to reduce its metabolism and concluded with how researchers tested deer to either support or debunk this theory. We will now look at the results along with additional information regarding wintering whitetails and their incredible […]

A Whitetail’s Depressed Winter Metabolism – Fact or Fiction?

January 29, 2013

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 ( Part 1 of a 2 part series) Any way you slice it, the winter season for white-tailed deer is truly an endurance test. This is indeed a time when any miscalculation on their part will assuredly lead to certain demise. During winters fraught with deep snow and extremely low temperatures that extend for more […]

Ask The Deer Tracker

January 15, 2013

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January   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. – I have hunted whitetails for thirty years, and much of that time has been on snow. I hear a lot of talk about finding blood in a doe’s urine […]

Hunting Whitetails From On High

October 2, 2012

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  “Stand hunting simply denotes a hunter’s concealing himself in a well chosen spot, where he waits for deer to come to him.” – David Libby   Jim Shockey once wrote, “Tracking a whitetail in fresh snow is arguably a better way to hunt than stand hunting or still-hunting. Tracking eliminates the boredom of the […]

Ask The Deer Tracker

September 25, 2012

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September   Editor’s note: One week each month we will run the, Ask The Deer Tracker post. Anyone wishing to send a question for future posts can e-mail it to: rgbernier@gmail.com     Q. – I am a working on becoming a better deer tracker and would like to become more   proficient at determining which […]

Come Early, Cause That’s When School Really Begins This Fall!

September 18, 2012

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Look for an earlier than normal rut.   The whitetail breeding cycle is an annual autumn event that stimulates even the most lethargic buck to be up and about regularly. As testosterone levels increase within a buck’s chemistry, he becomes restless, anxious and eager to breed. This phenomenon uncharacteristically places the animal in vulnerable situations […]