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This buck has the classic body build of a mature deer 5½ years or older, in spite of its paltry antlers.

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If a “big ol’ mature buck” is your goal, learn how to recognize one
14 hours ago
Jody Sistrunk shows off a nice, mature mainframe 8-pointer  taken during the 2015-2016 season.

Map out the deer rut

Peak of rutting, breeding activity varies greatly
December 05, 2017 at 5:00pm
In this photo of the same mature buck taken on Aug. 6, note the circumference of the bases and the overall general mass of the antlers — tell-tale signs of maturity.

Educate your eyes

It takes practice to age bucks on the hoof
November 20, 2017 at 9:00am
This young buck would just qualify in Mississippi for harvest in the Delta deer zone with a 12-inch inside spread, but it would exceed the 10-inch minimum in the other four zones.

Mississippi adjusts deer harvest regs

Changes to antlerless bag limits in Mississippi are in effect
October 22, 2017 at 9:00am
An interesting photo of a buck that appears to have been sheared by a dog groomer.

Practical strategies for success

Trail cams provide keen insight for your property
September 21, 2017 at 4:49pm
This gravity feeder station is obviously set up in a great spot. The surrounding ground is cut to pieces with deer tracks.

Supplemental feeding in better focus

August 22, 2017 at 9:00am
Summertime protein feeding can pay big dividends down the road.

Helping your deer herd

Minerals and supplemental feeding
July 22, 2017 at 9:00am
The author illustrates here the two jawbone views that you should photograph to ensure a reliable aging estimate.

More jawbone talk

Confirming your age estimate after the kill
June 21, 2017 at 2:30am
A really good early season buck in velvet. The photo says one thing, but what would its jawbone say?

Ground proving buck age

May 19, 2017 at 10:00am
Good “glass” is critical for crystal-clear views into thick brush when searching for bucks.

Get the best sight picture

Binoculars are a must-have for every hunter
March 22, 2017 at 9:00am
This photo from the author’s collection illustrates the perfect trail camera pose to allow a pretty accurate age estimate.

Aging whitetail deer

You have to take a few deer to be sure
February 21, 2017 at 11:32am
The author on a 1970’s deer hunt. Note the old style “truckers hat.”

Late-season reflections

Nature is undeniable proof of God’s existence
January 17, 2017 at 5:07pm
A friend of the author shared with him this recent trail cam photo. He would only say that “it is somewhere in Mississippi.” Lucky man!

On the rut track

December 22, 2016 at 9:00am
Bucks often work the edges of habitat, and ridge roads are especially favored.

Buck indicators

It’s all about the right edges
November 22, 2016 at 9:00am