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Kudos to Mississippi State University Extension System. They developed a free app called MSUES Deer Hunt. It allows you to map club stands and personal stands, then create a virtual sign-in and sign-out system. Also has a slick tool for collecting observation and harvest data that generates reports. First version is for iPhone only but they are supposedly working on an Android version too.

December 10, 2014 at 4:56am

I've monitored this forum for quite some time and advertised with LS when I worked at Academy. Now finally joined the forum.

A news story about Indiana legalizing 'hunting' inside deer farms got me thinking about where each of us draws the line. In your opinion...
1. Do deer breeders help or threaten the future of deer hunting?
2. Do you favor or oppose 'hunting' deer raised in enclosures?
3. At what point is no longer hunting (to you)?

October 04, 2013 at 7:05pm

The satire is entertaining. Makes me think a burned out biologist created Slickhead as his alter ego.

March 01, 2014 at 5:21am
A comment titled: Depends on weather and other conditions in response to a report titled: Pike Liberal Arts School

Pike County has an above average deer density so you should see enough to keep it interesting. And the county is known for producing quality bucks. Hopefully you will get drawn to hunt a managed private property.

December 10, 2013 at 10:51am
A comment titled: Pike County Academy hunts in response to a report titled: Pike Liberal Arts School

The Pike County hunts are worth the money for someone wanting a nice road trip hunt. We have a large hunting lease in Pike County and the area produces huge bucks.

December 10, 2013 at 10:10am
A comment titled: It is the way many outdoor writers work in response to a report titled: Come on Glynn Harris

Manufacturers give these outdoor writers free product for that very reason - to get mentioned in articles and to be featured in supporting pics. Some outdoor writers know how to incorporate a product into their story without pimping the product. But far too many hunting/fishing articles are product advertorials.

October 20, 2013 at 7:06am
A comment titled: No more WGI for me in response to a report titled: Wildgame Innovations Trail Cameras

I gave WGI a try but everything turned out to be cheap junk. Maybe WGI should spend more $$ on product improvement and less on TV shows pimps.

October 20, 2013 at 7:02am
A comment titled: Good question, FishFearMe in response to a report titled: Where do you draw the line on hunting?

Dispersal in the Southeast has more to do with maternal aggression and rut behavior than with food.

October 05, 2013 at 3:34pm

Truth is like a caged lion. It needs no defense. Just turn it loose. It will defend itself.

October 05, 2013 at 3:26pm
A comment titled: Is herd dispersal a myth? in response to a report titled: Where do you draw the line on hunting?

Here is an excerpt from Biology and Management of Whitetailed Deer in Alabama, written by Bill Gray and Chris Cook.

'Studies throughout the Southeast have reported dispersal rates among yearling bucks as high as 85% (Holzenbein and Marchinton 1992). These studies have shown dispersal distances among yearling bucks ranging from two miles to greater than six miles (Kammermeyer and Marchinton 1976). A significant proportion of yearling males do disperse.

Maternal aggression (directed at immature bucks by their mothers) during the breeding and fawning season has been identified as a primary cause for dispersal among yearling bucks. Additionally, studies have shown temporary dispersal among 40-50% of 1-1/2 and 2-1/2 year old bucks during the rut.'

October 05, 2013 at 3:04pm
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