BUCK HARVEST RESTRAINT IN THE MIDWEST: 10 YEARS LATER

This story actually begins back in 1988. That was the year I first became aware of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA)....
This story actually begins back in 1988. That was the year I first became aware of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA). I immediately joined, no doubt becoming one of the first members of the organization from the state of Iowa.My membership in the QDMA was eye opening in many ways, but especially with respect to the phrase… “let him go so he can grow.” Growing up in Iowa the concept of passing up shot opportunities at young bucks in order to...
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Newell Wildlife Services — “Creating Healthy Huntabl...

Big bucks and long beards have always been a passion of Mark Newell, owner and operator of Newell Wildlife Services....
Big bucks and long beards have always been a passion of Mark Newell, owner and operator of Newell Wildlife Services. Fueled by this passion, Mark pursued a degree in wildlife biology to further study the critters he loves to hunt. Mississippi State University, one of the premier schools in the country for its natural resource innovations, became his home for several years. However, some of the professionals and professors at MSU told him that a wildlife degree is not enough...
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How to Properly Obtain Survey Data

Data is one word that can make or break your management program. It’s the Achilles’ heel of managing anything from...
Data is one word that can make or break your management program. It’s the Achilles’ heel of managing anything from warehouse inventory to your deer camp. Just as in anything in life, if you put garbage in, you get garbage out. Taking a little time to plan your method of attack on how to obtain proper, representative data can go a long way come deer season. Because wildlife management isn’t an exact, set-in-stone science and practice, it takes a little...
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What Does The Drought Mean For Your Fall Food Plots?

It’s been extremely dry this summer here in the Midwest and over the last few weeks I’ve had several customers...
It’s been extremely dry this summer here in the Midwest and over the last few weeks I’ve had several customers and friends ask about what this means for Fall Food Plots. The perception has been perhaps it may not even be worth planting anything this Fall. This philosophy couldn’t be more wrong.Let’s back up a bit and put things in perspective. When an area experiences such a drought it has a dramatic impact on the farmer’s grain crops. It puts...
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Whitetails and Water Guzzlers, Part 2: One Year of W...

It’s August as I type this article and it’s hot and dry across much of the whitetail’s range. Although it’s...
It’s August as I type this article and it’s hot and dry across much of the whitetail’s range. Although it’s not the only time we should be concerned with water availability on our properties it’s certainly the most obvious time. Last August I sent out an e-newsletter entitled “Whitetails and Water Guzzlers: Gaining control of whitetail hydration.”I packed a lot of information into that article where I ultimately proposed the following question:“Why do we feel it’s of utmost importance to spend...
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Tecomate Seed Planting Guide - Part II

Last month, we discussed site selection, soil types and determining your soil fertility when planting Tecomate seed products. In this...
Last month, we discussed site selection, soil types and determining your soil fertility when planting Tecomate seed products. In this article, we will cover fertility and inoculation, land preparation, weed control and planting information.Fertility and InoculationOnce you know your soil’s residual fertility and pH from the soil test, then better, more economical decisions can be made to amend the soil to the levels needed for optimum production.FertilizerThere are many different materials which make up fertilizer whether it is in bags...
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COYOTES AND FAWNS - A DEADLY COMBINATION

A newborn fawn is defenseless, immobile, and left isolated by its mother except for a two to three brief encounters...
A newborn fawn is defenseless, immobile, and left isolated by its mother except for a two to three brief encounters per day for nursing. These factors combine to make fawns very vulnerable to a variety of death-causing disturbances early in their lives.FAWNS DIE AT AN ALARMING RATEOne of the first studies conducted on fawn mortality was completed by Frederick Knowlton on the Welder Wildlife Refuge, north of Sinton in San Patricio County. Frederick captured over 400 wild fawns during 1960...
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Tecomate Seed Planting Guide - Part I

One of our most frequently asked questions is “How do I plant Tecomate products and how should I manage them...
One of our most frequently asked questions is “How do I plant Tecomate products and how should I manage them for best performance.” Of course, the answer depends on many factors, including what you’re planting, where you’re planting, your equipment and your level of intensity. Here, we are going to offer with some general step-by-step guidelines that should help you be successful with Tecomate products no matter what your situation. We want you to be successful with Tecomate products, and...
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Sainfoin: Is a “new” forage crop for deer on the hor...

As a private wildlife consultant I’ve always felt that my true value to clients resides in my ability to serve...
As a private wildlife consultant I’ve always felt that my true value to clients resides in my ability to serve as a resource on all things wildlife management. This is what drives me to keep up with the latest scientific literature on white-tailed deer and wild turkeys and attend trade shows and conferences. It’s the driving factor behind my time spent on research and trials of new products and techniques for making hunting properties more “unique” than the surrounding “neighborhood”....
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WHAT DO SOUTH TEXAS DEER EAT?

White-tailed deer eat a wide variety of plants depending upon the time of year and which region of Texas they...
White-tailed deer eat a wide variety of plants depending upon the time of year and which region of Texas they inhabit. In fact, one food habits’ study conducted at the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Refuge, located north of Sinton in San Patricio County, found over 160 different plant species in the deer rumens they examined!WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT DEER EAT?From a management perspective, improving the nutritional level of the habitat is one of the most important...
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Seasonal Nutritional Needs of the Whitetail

In order to formulate a nutritional strategy (plan) for whitetails, it is necessary to know their seasonal nutritional needs. Biologists...
In order to formulate a nutritional strategy (plan) for whitetails, it is necessary to know their seasonal nutritional needs. Biologists and scientists can get into tedious detail on this subject, but from the game manager’s standpoint, it’s really quite simple.From a timing standpoint, bucks and does have quite similar nutritional needs, but for very different reasons. Basically, they both have two distinct periods with specific nutritional requirements – during one period, they require protein; during the other, carbohydrates. Generally, when...
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Increasing Your Successfulness in Harvesting a Matur...

Reality. Life. Whatever you want to call it, it has definitely found its way into my world this year. Up...
Reality. Life. Whatever you want to call it, it has definitely found its way into my world this year. Up until this year I have always had a work schedule that was flexible enough that I could take off when ever I wanted to spend in the woods. This flexible work schedule has allowed me to hunt more than the average Joe, therefore giving me the opportunity to be more successful as well. This year, however, has been a different...
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