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Six Reasons Why Bucks Leave Their Sanctuaries

As late fall arrives and hunting pressure ends or declines, several factors combine to increase daytime deer activity.

First Light: Hunter ‘Churn’

More is learned about what keeps hunters in the field every year thanks in part to license-sales data.

Crossbows Expand Bowhunting Opportunities

Crossbows are not the evil, end-of-the-world weapons that some archers tell you they are.

Be An Apex Predator

If football is a game of inches, then hunting is a chase of split-seconds.

Are Eastern Cougars Breeding?

Until someone runs over Bigfoot, no roadkill will equal the fame achieved by a 3-year-old male cougar that got SUV’d in June 2011 near Milford, Conn., on the Wilbur Cross Parkway.

Mooching for Deer

Slow-motion drives nudge deer onto time-tested travel routes, rather than stampede them through neighboring woodlots.

First Light: Hunter Recruitment Efforts Shift to Adults

Acknowledging youth hunter recruitment efforts may not necessarily pay dividends, many states now focus additional effort on the 27- to 40-year-old adults, people who have the time, money and resources to hunt and take their kids hunting.

Deer Camp in the Shadow of NYC

Three generations of the Gouger family have gathered every fall to hunt deer on a 128-acre farm in northwestern New Jersey since the 1950s. None of them has ever called it a “deer camp.” The place is just “the cabin.” But every hunter of the farm is aware the hunt endures today in the face of encroaching development.

What is Hunting Pressure?

Deer respond differently to hunting pressure, but all seek refuge within their known home range, not the next county.

What Pressured Bucks Do

GPS tracking collars are revealing how bucks change their patterns when the hunting season starts.

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