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Three for a Buck

Finding a three-legged mule deer is rare. It’s even more uncommon to see an antlered doe.
With all the predators in the West, it’s extremely uncommon to see a mule deer with a significant handicap. Not only does it make them an easier meal for coyotes, bears, wolves, and cougar, but it makes them more susceptible to malnourishment and weather.

Taking that into consideration, you would probably feel pretty lucky to come across such a sight. But, what if you that three-legged mule deer was an antlered doe? You imagine no one would believe you unless you have a video of it.

Tammy Russell Facebook captures this on video below!

In Tammy’s Facebook post she says:

Doe with velvet horns and her three legged velvet friend. Anybody who knows deer knows that does don’t have horns and there shouldn’t be any bucks with velvet horns this time of year. Unless its also a doe or been castrated. In the comments section of Tammy’s post she added:

We were looking for nuts on both them but couldn’t see any then the one pee’d. [We’re] thinking they may both be does. If the bigger one is not a doe then its nutless.
What do you think? Is the three-legged mule deer a buck or antlered doe?

Another version is:

Occasionally, you see a doe with antlers.

Occasionally, you see a buck with velvet on his antlers in December.

Occasionally, you see an animal with three legs.

How often do you see a deer with velvet antlers in December and three legs?

This funny critter seems to have no problem walking around and hopping fences and navigating snow with three legs, whether it be Buck or Doe.

Here’s to hoping for a long and interesting life for this grass-muncher. It’ll be neat to see what comes of them!

by Sam Morstan

Source: Tammy Russell Facebook, Dominic Aiello

Boy gets hit by a Truck…uh no a Deer

On the next deer hunt, best think twice as you run through the woods. Just ask this kid (once he wakes up, that is).
Running is one outdoor activity that comes with minimal risk. Sure, you might run out of breath from time to time. Or worst case scenario, sprain an ankle. Then again, if your name is Justin DeLuzio, you’ll be forever remembered as that unlucky runner that got completely owned by a “beast mode deer” one sunny day.

Don’t be shy with the volume in this clip. You won’t want to miss this gem from the peanut gallery, still running: “Watch out for the beast mode deer!!! Oooooh!!!”

Here we go…

The boy goes down harder than a MMA body slam. The sure-footed whitetail never missed a beat, didn’t even break a stride; that’s how bad-ass it is.

On the bright side, word has it, Justin finished the race. Well, after the stars disappeared and his spine realigned. But in all seriousness, both deer and boy are fine. Only one is suffering from a bruised ego.

So to all you hunters, best walk slowly the next time you hit the woods. Don’t become another Justin.

Source: MileSplitUS Vine

A little more than a bird against the window

Just our friendly neighborhood vandal choosing to smash through an 8 inch wide window for some after hours repairs

When you’ve got nice clear windows and a flower on the sill, you don’t get too terribly surprised if a bird or a bug bats against the glass.

You get a little more surprised when it’s an 80-110 lb deer charging through an 8-inch-wide pane of glass.
When this critter gets in the house, he has a really hard time figuring out how to get back out again, shuffling around and even bopping its head against the other window, trying to figure out how it got in in the first place.

While I have no idea how this deer got it in its head to charge through a bit of glass, it seems to have even less clue about how to get back out again, wandering around for a while until finally finding the entry it made and majestically leaping over the broken shards left behind.

I hope their family insurance covers deer.

Source: Expert PC Youtube

Your Deer Are Here

Where and How to Hunt for Bucks as Seasons Get Cranking in September

By Bill Adelman 

With several deer hunting seasons in full swing in California, options are many for hunters, assuming one will fit our personal needs.

Not many of us own or have access to a 20,000-acre ranch in the B Zone (most of the North Coast from the border to the Bay Area) that is crawling with deer, hogs, coyotes, cats, game birds and snakes. Option two is to join an established annual dues hunting club that offers access to hunts behind locked gates (reservations for all hunts required). You generally have good property to hunt, though you’re entirely on your own.

Our hog hunt neer Hollister - 084Number three might be a guided hunt, of which there are a few options. A fully outfitted hunt offers full-time guides, generally two to one, unless you kick in a few extra bucks to hunt one on one with Our trip to Washington to Deer hunta guide. They provide lodging, food, transportation, spot and stalk, blinds, in-field care, skinning, and in some cases even a walk-in cold box to hang your game. These are really the cat’s meow.

Some of the diverse topography you’re bound to encounter in Northern California. A good GPS will come in handy as well if hunting near private land. (BILL ADELMAN)

Some of the diverse topography you’re bound to encounter in Northern California. A good GPS will come in handy as well if hunting near private land. (BILL ADELMAN)

Other choices are semi-outfitted hunts, where the program offers private land, lodging, cooking facilities and direction to use the best methods, but you’re on your own from here on out. So first and foremost, bring a sharp knife.

A fourth possible choice might be the access-fee hunt, where you’re entirely on your own from setting up camp, scouting in your own vehicle and going at it blind unless you’ve been there before. Even though it appears we have ample opportunity to deer hunt, with the first season, archery, opening about the first weekend in July up to the final opening, about the first few days of October, opportunities are still extremely limited. You must decide and apply. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife website is much easier to decipher than it used to be and well worth checking out for particulars.
FAMILIARITY RULES
Knowing the lay of the land is necessary, and venturing out of state to hunt an access ranch is a daunting task. The same applies to California. There are many prebook questions that must be answered to your satisfaction. Four of us took this chance in 2010, venturing to Wyoming with deer and antelope tags in our luggage. We had to arrive prior to opening day, attend a seminar regarding the rules and regulations of the property, and tour the main sections of the ranch with the hunt coordinator and his son. Their prehunt requirements were well laid out and ranchers were available every day to rely on for advice.

Our hunt was five days in the field, and every tag we had was punched. We headquartered 11 miles from the ranch at a campground in Kaycee, Wyo., where there was a cooler available for our bagged carcasses. Everything we learned there was imperative information for here in California.
GOING PUBLIC
Back home brings us to the final option: hunting on public land. For most of us who started out on public land, this brings back positive memories of past successes and a few hairy situations. For me, it was introducing my then 10-year-old son to the new snows just at the edge of a pine forest while awaiting the migration – then getting our vehicle stuck. Of course this was before the days of the state’s zones.

Public hunts are available on CDFW land, state wildlife areas, ecological reserves, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management ground. Research is necessary. There’s also the SHARE program, PLM tags, and special hunts for juniors.

The terrain might dictate any physical limitations as well as expected harvest figures, which are available from the CDFW website and broken down by zone. Travel distance is another consideration.

Before the zone days my son and I used to travel to the backcountry of Plumas County for weekend hunts, leaving after school on a Friday. A six-hour drive was rewarded with outstanding country and successful hunts. It’s still good, but you must draw for it.

Later on, at a friend’s suggestion we hunted public land in Mendocino County. We settled in on an area called Poison Rock, just north of a defunct Eel River ranger station. All of the ridges to the north of the dirt access road were closed to all vehicular traffic – thus the hunting was fairly good. It’s still a huntable area but much busier, especially with road hunters. There’s a bunch of land available if you’ll walk just a little.

When hunting close to private land, as in Trinity or Lassen Counties, a boundary line defined by a GPS is critical. Remember that trespassing without permission is against the law, and there’s a gray area between trespass and wanton waste. Public land abounds the further south you venture, but the success rates rapidly diminish and the hills get steeper. Right up the central California corridor, opportunities present themselves on both sides of I-5. We used to take off about a month prior to opening day and just drive, hitting huntable ground and making our own maps.

Glassing for deer on a steep incline can be improved if you have a shooting stick to steady your binos on. (BILL ADELMAN)

Glassing for deer on a steep incline can be improved if you have a shooting stick to steady your binos on. (BILL ADELMAN)

LIVE WELL IN CAMP
We’ve located our ideal campsite, so what’s next? As you age, it becomes apparent that comfort is just as important as any other feature of the trip. Sleep on the ground just once more in a tent? You can’t be serious. This desire prompted our first four-wheel-drive truck and a mini 18-foot travel trailer that seemed like a five-star hotel at the time.

We then added a 500-watt generator, an enclosed portable shower and a screen tent. Just as a mention, after arriving at your hunting location, this is not the time to sight-in five weapons and raise Cain in the campground. Public ground allows one to camp almost anywhere they wish, so don’t be surprised when you venture out opening morning – 4 miles from your chosen hunt area – to find six camps that were set up the previous night.

Try to stay hidden rather than stop right on the top of a ridge to glass for 30 minutes. Glassing for 30 minutes is the right approach, just not skylighted. If you carry a shooting stick, it can be used to steady your binos, as well as to shoot from.

When shooting on a stick, lean it towards you with the leg away from your body. This is far more stationary than leaning forward. Slowly check out the shady spots not only across the canyon but below you as well.

If you were able to reach these areas in the dark and used a green headlamp rather than a white light, sit for a spell and look. If cover is scarce, why not try a lightweight blind like the ones a turkey hunter uses?

Deer pick up movement far more quickly than they do a stationary hunter. The wind direction is critical, and when you have the option of watching a western slope in the morning, give it plenty of time. Spotting the glint of a buck’s antlers as soon as the sun hits them is far easier than picking them up in a darkened area.

If you are on a private-land hunt, consider a pop-up blind that’s properly placed and camouflaged. Chances are it will remain unmolested in your absence.

Whether it’s an out-of-state hunt or a trip to the foothills or mountains near your home, when it all comes together it can be a memorable fall experience to take a buck home. (BILL ADELMAN) NORCAL

Whether it’s an out-of-state hunt or a trip to the foothills or mountains near your home, when it all comes together it can be a memorable fall experience to take a buck home. (BILL ADELMAN)

Since blacktail and granite bucks are not as predictable as whitetail, blind location should be in a general area where you feel confident that deer will be moving, such as at a pinch point. In our early zones and many later areas, it will be hot. If everything comes together, deer will move to water midmorning to midafternoon, as well as unbed to feed. Setting up in a forested area with the sun at your back where possible limits your shooting lanes, but that’s where the deer will be.

If approaching an open meadow, rather than just trek right through the middle, why not circle the edges inside the trees and stop to glass every 20 to 30 yards? The pattern here is obvious.

Going slow and having good optics are key, but patience is the largest key. When your camp holds three or four hunters, midmorning pushes will produce in blacktail country.

The shooters should be out of sight and the pushers with the sun at their backs should be slow and quiet. The
deer will know you’re coming well in advance of your movements and might not be running full tilt as they fly by your posted sitters.

It’s that time of year again for California hunters in search of a nice buck. Where to hunt is one of your ?rst factors to consider, so do your research and you might be rewarded with a freezer full of meat. (BILL ADELMAN)

It’s that time of year again for California hunters in search of a nice buck. Where to hunt is one of your first factors to consider, so do your research and you might be rewarded with a freezer full of meat. (BILL ADELMAN)

One last bit of advice: When you hear one of your hunters say, “deer down,” the entire hunt should terminate and full focus be placed on taking care of the animal.

Good luck this season. CS
Editor’s note: For season-opening dates, check out our Outdoor Calendar on page 33 and get more complete deer zone schedules at wildlife.ca.gov/Hunting/Deer.

Deer Hunting is endangered by Coyotes

Coyotes will hurt our Deer Hunting

Realtree.com recently looked at the effects of coyote on deer population, and the effects is a huge problem. One of the problem is that the coyote population is growing at a rapid rate. Data from Quality Deer Managment Association (QDMA) shows that 75 percent of the coyote population needs to be removed annually to control their population.

But the reality is that hunting coyotes isn’t going to make a dent in decreasing their population due too many coyotes out there. Some hunters and land owners have talked of trapping, localized areas have had some successes. Trapping is still hard due to resource, man power and gasoline. Someone has to get out there and check the traps in the areas. Despite the efforts our deer and turkey population are still endangered.

A quote from Charles Ruth, a deer biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR):

“Coyotes are here to stay and will play a role in future deer management at some level… If property owners/hunters are concerned with their impacts, take every opportunity to shoot them, if you have the time and money, trap them. But more importantly, we need to look at the other side of the equation which is how we treat deer from a harvest management standpoint.”

“Making adjustment to harvest strategies, particularly on does, is more important now than prior to the colonization of the state by coyotes. Hunters remain the No. 1 source of mortality on deer in South Carolina and the only source of mortality that we have complete control over. Therefore, harvest management ultimately will dictate the trajectory of deer populations in the future.”

Don’t get caught up in thinking you will mess up a deer hunt by shooting a coyote; instead, you will be helping to ensure that there will actually be a deer to hunt!

Source: Realtree.com, Charles Ruth of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Quality Deer Management Association

Can you spot the Deer?

Find these hidden deer in the Elite Hunter’s eye test

The test is obviously find the deer in the pictures but only give yourself 5 seconds to see. If you don’t see it, consider that deer gone.

Simple one down the road

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Ashville Cats

Common Deer hiding spot

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Ashville Cats

See the doe?

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Ski-Epic

Deer are pretty good at camouflage

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WiseAcre-Gardens

This is a tough one

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Ski-Epic

Classic scene from above

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The Jump

Pretty tough one

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TurnUp the Mic

Are your eyes straining?

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Save Kimber park

Deer Jumps off the Bridge

Yes, that’s right a deer jumps off the bridge, reason unknown.
This video from kyleflicker youtube shows a couple of guys watching a group of deer at a distance from their vehicle while parked on a bridge. Then out of nowhere a deer comes jumping on the vehicle and off the bridge. Spoiler the video is graphic.

Source: Kyleflicker Youtube

Do Hogs Eat Deer?

Wild hogs are among some of the most destructive invasive species and even feast on whitetail deer.

A picture has surface on Facebook of a wild hog holding a dead fawn in the clasps of its mouth. Feral hogs have been causing serious environmental issues across many southern states. According to the Smithsonian in 2011, hogs are doing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage. It’s estimated that wild hogs do $400 million in damage. It’s likely these figures have creeped even higher.

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Approximately two to six million wild hogs are causing problems in at least 39 states. Up to half of the hog population is located in Texas and has gone to work destroying various aspects of the environment and causing issues for landowners and outdoor enthusiast.

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Are wild hogs a culprit for a decrease in deer harvest numbers in some states? These pictures certainly give the allusion that it’s possible.

Story by Jake Hofer

Source: Facebook

Deer Spotted with Arrow through Head

A Chapel Hill, NC, native named Brian Attis shared a photo of this doe to his local news station when he spotted the deer meandering through his yard, yet the doe didn’t seem phased by the protruding arrow as he was munching on the grass.

Brian made contact with North Carolina and Wildlife but was told if the animal wasn’t suffering, there was nothing they could do. Another victorious day for the deer, but for the hunter, he or she might want to get some range time to work on accuracy this off season.

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Source: Chapel Hill, abc11.com

Deer Jumps the Fence

Watch what happens when this deer tries to jump a High Fence

We’ve all heard of, or maybe even seen a deer leap over a fence that seems way too high like it was nothing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always turn out that way.

Florida Backwoodz, an online Florida hunting community, uploaded the video to YouTube about a week ago. A driver was filming three does running on the side of a country road when she got this clip.

In the video, the three does try and make a break for it by going across the road and jumping over a high fence. The first doe to give it a go hits the fence about half way up in such a way that it turns into a catapult launching him into backwards into the air. It seems like the doe was alright, as it quickly got back up and ran away.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture claims that whitetail deer can jump to heights of 15 feet, but that it’s rare for them to clear a fence that high.

When motivation is a factor, like a vehicle that’s charging straight for it, a deer can do some incredible things. But with that motivation likely comes a fair amount of panic and the fight or flight syndrome kicks in. In this case a deer will take flight and during its run there is no calculation involve, just run and jump. Yes, a disregard for personal well being, so we can’t really blame this doe for slamming into the fence and springing back towards the road.

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by Matt Alpert