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Deer Proof Shade Flowers: Choosing Deer Resistant Flowers For Shade

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Watching deer move through your property can be a peaceful way to enjoy nature. However, they can become a nuisance if they start eating your flowers. If you have a shady garden bed, add flowers they will have no interest in. Click the here to learn more.

Deer Droppings On Plants: Is Fertilizing With Deer Manure Safe

By Mary Ellen Ellis

Whether you love or hate deer, or have a more complicated relationship with them, there is one important question to answer: Can you use deer manure in gardens? Click on the following article to find out more about fertilizing with deer manure.

Deer Proof Evergreens: Are There Evergreens Deer Won’t Eat

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

The presence of deer in the garden can be troublesome. With some proven planting techniques, however, gardeners may be able to reduce the occurrence of damage caused by deer. Planting deer resistant evergreen plants, for example is one method. Learn more here.

Deer Proof Gardening: What Vegetables Are Deer Resistant

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

?The best defense is a good offense.? In deer proof gardening, plants that smell offensive to deer can deter them from their favorite edibles. Planting a garden with edible plants deer don?t eat is also a defense. Click here for fruits and vegetables deer won?t eat.

Deer Resistant Garden Plans – Creating A Deer Resistant Garden

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Deer are lovely to watch but not when they are stomping all over your vegetable garden or eating the tops off your bulbs. Creating a deer resistant garden is a must for any gardener who suffers from these grazing marauders. Learn more here.

Roses And Deer – Do Deer Eat Rose Plants And How To Save Them

By Stan V. Griep, American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian, Rocky Mountain District

Deer do indeed love the beautiful succulent growth they find in those meadows and valleys, but they cannot resist a rose garden if there is one close by. Learn how to fix deer damage and prevent more in this article. Click here for more info.

Deer Rubbing Tree Bark: Protecting Trees From Deer Rubs

By Kristi Waterworth

Deer are majestic creatures when they're bounding through open fields and frolicking in someone else's woods. When they come into your yard and start damaging trees, they become something else entirely. Learn more in this article.

Deer Fencing Designs – How To Build A Deer Proof Fence

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Deer are elegant and graceful creatures but these attributes fall short when they have been in the garden eating your prize plants. If repellents aren't working, think about building a deer proof fence. This article will help.

Deer Eating Fruit Trees: How To Protect Fruit Trees From Deer

By Amy Grant

Deer eating fruit trees is a serious problem when the trees are very young and at a perfect height for some lazy munching. The question is then, how to protect your fruit trees from deer? This article will address just that. Click here for more info.

Tree Protection Against Deer: Protecting Newly Planted Trees From Deer

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

There is nothing more frustrating than noticing the bark is peeled away from brand new trees. Deer are graceful but their feeding and rubbing hurt your plants. So how can you protect baby trees from deer? The answers are found in this article.

Bulbs Deer Hate: Flower Bulbs That Deter Deer

By Anne Baley

While no plant is perfectly safe from deer if they're starving, there are some bulbs deer hate to eat and will only consume in the most desperate conditions. Learn what those are in this article.

How To Protect Trees From Deer

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Deer damage to trees is most often the result of males rubbing and scraping their antlers against the tree, causing significant damage. Learn how to protect your trees from deer damage in this article.

These DIY Deer Repellents Will Keep Hungry Deer Away

Deer are notorious for eating the most beautiful, colorful blooms in the garden—along with the produce you worked so hard to grow all season. Try these homemade deer repellent solutions in your garden to keep deer off your property.

Walking outside to see your prized clematis vine and garden tomatoes chewed and withered is heartbreaking, especially for dedicated and hardworking gardeners. There are some vegetables and flowers that deer don't like, but they will eat just about anything depending on how hungry they are and availability. Keep hungry deer away with these easy ways to deter them from your favorite plants. These DIY deer deterrents are more natural than store-bought sprays, which often use chemicals that seep into the soil of your garden.

General Information

White-tailed deer are large mammals. Adult deer can measure between 31 and 40 inches tall at the shoulder, and weigh up to 300 pounds. Their coat is a reddish-brown during summer, and a duller grayish-brown during winter months. Their throats, inner ears, underparts, and the underside of their tails are white. When they detect a disturbance, deer flash the white on their tails as a warning to other deer.

Males begin to grow antlers when they are about a year old. In late January to March, bucks shed their antlers, and they regrow them in the spring to summer, developing larger sets with age. Antlers grow out of bony plates on the top of their head. During spring and summer, their antlers are covered in fine velvet-like hair. This velvet is full of blood vessels that transport nutrients for rapid antler growth. By the end of September, the antlers reach their maximum size, harden, and the outer velvet begins to shed. Bucks often rub against trees to assist in shedding, exposing the rigid bony antler. In the winter, bucks shed their antlers. If you see a buck with what looks like bloody spots on the top of its head, don’t be alarmed he has just shed his antlers.

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Article: Spending The Evening With Deer

It was nice to go out in the late evening with Mocha, my calico cat. She loves it when I let her stay out after dark. It certainly was cooler when the sun went down. The outdoor lights were on, but I could see better when the moon came up. It looked big and yellow just over the horizon.

I saw some mule deer and figured Mocha would want to bother them, like usual. She likes to stalk them and pretend she is trying to catch one. I was right- she ran right in, but got nervous when the bucks turned their attention towards her. Her bravado has limits, apparently.

I watched the deer graze for a while, then I sat down in the grass in the middle of the small herd. Soon the five deer lay down to chew their cud. The young six point buck and his doe were nearest to me. I watched them chew and listened to cicadas in the trees somewhere. Mocha got bored when the animals wouldn't play and went to check out prairie dog holes instead. I could barely see her white parts moving in the dark. The buck next to me stretched out all four of his legs.

After about half an hour I needed my circulation back so I got up to collect Mocha. The deer did not bother to rise.

I enjoyed spending some time with my friends. Best of all, there was no price of admission.

10 Still Hunting Tips

These 10 still hunting tips for deer hunting winter bucks will help you master the art of still hunting as you try one last shot at harvesting a buck this season.

  1. If there is snow, use it to your benefit. Still hunt on fresh deer tracks not in hopes of tailing a buck but that those tracks take you to core areas where deer are bedding and feeding. Also, learn to judge deer tracks. Mature bucks leave a noticeably larger track that is more rounded in the front. Choose to chase these first.
  2. Successfully still hunting deer takes all your attention, leaving little time to be concerned about following a particular path. Allow and expect yourself to get lost winter whitetail hunting. Mark your Chevy with your GPS and put all your effort into the hunt.
  3. Bad weather is desired when planning a still hunt. Rain and snow help to hide your scent and movements while sneaking through the woods. Windy days, not particularly desired when stand hunting, are also good late season deer hunting days to conceal your presence. Poor weather seems to increase deer activity extensively as well.
  4. Carry your rifle, muzzleloader or perhaps even you bow in a shoot ready position. Shots when still hunting deer are quick and any delay, such as having to pull your slung weapon off your shoulder will be the difference in getting a shot or not.
  5. Still hunt in cover. It is hard to stay concealed while still hunting an open field. Plus, still hunting in cover keeps you concealed from deer when you are not moving. Stopping and looking next to a tree keeps you out of sight from any deer and also gives you a quick shooting rest if needed. Realtree AP® Snow Camo blends perfectly against a snowy forest for extra concealment.
  6. Reduce any quick movements. Deer are always on the lookout for any sudden movements. For instance, pulling up your binoculars fast after you stop to glass an area can easily give you away. Bring them up slowly and keep any other movements to a minimum.
  7. Strive for perfection when still hunting deer but understand it is not achievable. Walking on air is not possible so you will certainly make noise at some point. It is ok. When you do, however, spend an extra few minutes remaining still. Let the noise fade away and any deer nearby will think nothing of it. A good winter deer hunting tip is to carry a few deer calls and blow a grunt if you are making noise. A buck may think it is another buck and not a predator.
  8. Hunt light and leave the cold weather clothing and large pack at the house. Since you will be moving, even though it will be slow, you will stay warm enough to dress light. Insulated clothing only makes you sweat and increases the chances you will get cold. Since there is no need for extra clothes while still hunting, a large hunting pack is not necessary either. Carry only a few essential items (knife, tags, extra shells, small survival kit, etc.) in what you are wearing. If you have to bring more, consider a small shoulder pack or fanny pack instead of a bulky backpack.
  9. Prepare for tough shots. Deer hunting in winter via the still hunting tactic makes for some tough shots. Most likely the shots you get will be freehand and best case scenario there will be a tree to rest on. Shots at deer come fast and there is no time to kneel or get out your shooting stick for a solid rest. Practice these shots in the offseason to prepare for still hunting.
  10. The last still hunting tip is to stay alert. Moving as slow as it takes to still hunt successfully can produce some pretty amazing experiences in the woods. In your next step, you may be only yards from a bedded buck or even have a deer walk right into your path. Staying alert late season deer hunting puts you in the driver’s seat to be able to sneak right into a buck’s backyard.

Why You Should Still Hunt for Late Season Bucks

After months of pressure, big bucks are slow to return to “normal” patterns. Spending time isolated in one spot in hopes of a buck coming to you is almost wasted time in winter. Of course hunting out of stand where you have high confidence of a buck walking past from diligent scouting throughout the year is something to not pass up. Yet, this is a rare occurrence for most people deer hunting in winter. Still hunting is the next best tactic. Use that same scouting to seek out bucks that would otherwise disappear until next year.

Still hunting deer takes a certain kind of hunter. It is mental toughness matched with day long stamina but has huge rewards when it is done with precision. This artful deer hunting approach is one more effective tactic to add and deploy with your winter whitetail hunting strategies.

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