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July’s Photo Contest Winner!

Congrats to Benji Barton for winning July’s TLG Photo Contest with his great photo of a tired and happy hammock camper:   When you’re hammock […]

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Park Service Considers Plan to Cull Deer on Historic Battlefields

Earlier this month the National Park Service (NPS) released the final version of its plan to manage growing deer populations in several historic battlefields across the country. Located in Maryland and Virginia, the Antietam, Monocacy, and Manassas bat…

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Missouri amends its guarantee of the right to arms

Yesterday it passed by a popular vote of 61%-39%. Pretty extensive changes. The right as guaranteed extends to ammunition and accessories (no magazine bans). Any restrictions are reviewed under strict scrutiny. The State must defend these rights and may not…

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"Terrorist watch list"

There have been proposals by antigunners to ban firearms receipt by those on the "terrorist watch list," which make this article quite relevant. Based on a "leak," it points out that: (1) Between 700,000 and 1.5 million people are on…

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Could California’s Drought Endanger Pacific Flyway Ducks?

Duck numbers are up across the country and available habitat seems to be holding steady, but could a devastating California drought endanger birds along the Pacific Flyway? Just last week the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed a liberal 107-…

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RIP Jim Brady

He may have been on the other side, but by all accounts was a nice guy. I met him briefly in the Supreme Court elevator, coming back from the argument in Sheriffs Pritz & Mack v. U.S., and with some…

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USFWS Proposes Liberal Waterfowl Season, Duck Population Growing

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced last Friday that it will continue to propose liberal season lengths and bag limits for the upcoming 2014-2015 late waterfowl seasons. The decision is based on the growing number of ducks across all maj…

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Americans Inducted into Time-honored German Hunting Tradition

Fifteen American citizens were initiated into the Jaegerschaft Wiesbaden on July 25 in a ceremony overseen by US Army officials at the historic Jagdschloss Platte in Wiesbaden, Germany. The Jaegerschaft Wiesbaden, a community of hunters located in th…

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Officials Fear Washington Elk Hoof Disease May Have Spread to Oregon

Officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife say that the hoof disease affecting elk in southwest Washington may have spread further south. The disease, which causes elk hooves to become twisted and deformed, has become a major concern for…

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Michigan Hunters Get First Teal Season in Nearly 50 Years

Thanks to decades of teal population growth, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that it will open an early teal hunting season this September. According to the DNR, hunters will be able to take six teal each day and h…

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Prof. Nick Johnson on the 14th Amendment & the right to arms

Right here. "So what do militia-fixated critics of the right to arms have to say about all this? Well, not much. Because if you aim to neuter the right to arms with claims that the amendment is only about militias,…

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Hunter Discovers Massive 29-field Pot Farm on Texas Deer Lease

A Texas hunter is being credited for uncovering what officials suspect may be the largest marijuana bust in state history. According KHOU, the hunter first discovered the illegal farming operation when he arrived at his deer lease in Goodrich last Satu…

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Self-defense lanyard

One of these just came over the transom. It’s an interesting invention for those who live in or visit cities that essentially forbid you to carry anything like a weapon (Boston, as I recall, forbids even pepper spray, unless you…

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New York Expands Bear Hunting Statewide

Photo by: DAVID J. SHEAKLEY
New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is expanding bear hunting opportunities in Upstate New York as part of the Black Bear Management Plan. The changes to the regulations are scheduled to be …

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As expected….

DC moves for a stay of the injunction. It asks either for a stay pending appeal (which would last until any appeal is decided) or for one of 180 days, to give it time to draft a permit system. I…

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Micro Manager: How to Make a Utilization Cage

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A couple of readers commenting on my entry about my DIY dual-perimeter fence asked that I install a utilization cage to monitor both the effectiveness of the fence and the overall use of the soybeans by the local deer herd.

Being the ever-accommodating writer that I am, I offer up this video. If you’ve never installed a utilization cage in your food plots, you should seriously consider doing so.

There are a couple of benefits to the cage and those benefits are closely related, the most obvious being that you’ll be able to determine, at a glance, whether deer are grazing on your crop.

But that’s not the only benefit: You can also determine whether the crop is truly being grazed or if it’s simply not growing. I’ll explain.

A couple of seasons ago, I put in a small plot of oats. I’d read a lot of good things about them and if half of what I’d read was true, I figured I’d be standing over the carcass of a very large buck by sundown on the opening day of Michigan’s bow season. The drawing power, according to the “Doctor” who was touting the brand, was that severe.

Well opening day came and went. And there was no trophy laid to rest. But the oats were barely tall enough to cover the tops of my shoes and I knew it was because the deer were browsing them heavily. The fact that I hadn’t actually seen a deer take so much as a bite out of the plot didn’t matter.

The following season, I was a bit behind schedule and didn’t have the time to make a special trip to one of the larger hunting gear outlets. Thus I was unable to buy that special brand of oats. So I stopped by the local grain elevator on my way home from work and picked up a sack of generic northern-variety oats. I sowed the plot that same weekend. And this time I installed a utilization cage.

Turns out the deer weren’t chowing down the plot. I knew this because the oats on the outside of the cage were exactly the same height as those on the inside. Which taught me a pretty valuable lesson: If the dirt isn’t right, the crop won’t be either.

Last fall, I again planted oats. But this time I applied fertilizer. And the results were what I was hoping for three years prior. The oats on the inside of the cage were knee-high before heavy frost took them down. Those on the outside wouldn’t cover my shoes. And it was because the deer were keeping them closely cropped to the ground.  And, yes, I planted the cheap oats from the local elevator. So maybe there’s a lesson there, too.

Watch the video and you’ll see just how easy it is to build a utilization cage. You can use just about anything you want so long as it keeps the deer out and allows the sunlight in. I’m using three PVC stakes and some plastic mesh leftover from lining the perimeter or our garden. Wooden stakes, fence posts, chicken wire, snow fence—all will work. The total process should take you about 10 minutes. 

The Tab

The goal of The Micro Manager is to see if we really can turn 17 acres of ho-hum ground into great deer hunting land. But we’re also going to try and show that such things can be done on a tight budget. I’ve set a limit of $1,500 for this year’s habitat work expenditures. Each week, we’ll keep a running tally at the end of each entry. Here’s the current tab thus far:

Chainsaw gas and oil: $21

ATV fuel: $12

Trees/shrubs: $312.50

Drain spade: $16

Screening Cover Seed: $110

Tree shelter materials: 120

Tractor gas: $35

Ag-type soybeans: $52.50

Tiller rental: $9o

Posts for fence: $44

Flagging tape for fence: $16

Utilization cage materials: $5

TOTAL: $836

BUDGET REMAINING: $664

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Study: One Sit in the Deer Woods Equals Three Days of Pressure for Mature Bucks

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Hunters know that putting too much pressure on whitetails can alter deer activity. We often hear that putting too much pressure on a mature buck makes it go nocturnal for the rest of the hunting season. But how mu…

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Video: New Study Sheds Light on What Deer See


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If you’re a deer hunter who likes to wear blue jeans to your stand, you might as well hang a cowbell around your neck to let whitetails know you’re in the woods. And if you wear camouflage with many subtle colors, it may be doing you more harm than good. 

At the recent QDMA conference, researchers from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources presented findings from a new study on whitetail vision. 

Before getting into that work, to understand what deer see and how their vision is different from ours, it’s important to revisit what we learned about vision in high school science class.

Eyes contain specialized nerves called rods and cones. Different photopigments (or photoreceptors) in cones give animals and humans color vision. Rods contain only one type of light-sensitive pigment and allow us to see in low light, such as at dawn and dusk.

Anatomical studies of deer eyes have found that deer have far more rods in their eyes than humans do. Deer also have a reflective layer called the tapetum lucidum that gives deer the “eye shine” you see in nighttime photos. It also reflects light back over the rods and cones again, giving deer the ability to see far better in low light than we can. 

Humans have tri-chromatic color vision, meaning our eyes contain three types of photopigments. The photopigments enable us to see short, moderate and long wavelengths of light, corresponding to blue, green and red colors. 

Deer eyes only have two photopigment types, giving them dichromatic color vision. Scientists believe that deer can primarily see short-wavelength blue light, and moderate-wavelength light that they probably perceive as something between red and green.  

Unlike in humans, the cones in a deer’s eye are distributed across the back of the eye on a horizontal plane. The lens in a deer’s eye also can’t adjust to objects at varying distances. These factors give deer less visual clarity than humans have. An object a deer is looking at straight on is equally in focus as something out to the side. So don’t assume that because a deer isn’t looking at you that it can’t see you.

“More than anything else, a deer’s eyes are designed to detect movement,” said the University of Georgia’s Dr. Karl Miller, whose students conducted the study.

But it’s one thing to dissect a deer’s eye and make inferences from what you find; it’s something entirely different to have deer tell us what they see.

If this sounds like science fiction, then read on. Biologist Dr. Bradley Cohen trained does to associate light wavelengths with a food reward to test how well deer can see. Deer were given a choice of two empty food troughs, but would only receive a food reward when they chose to eat from the trough where an LED light stimulus was illuminated. After being trained, deer were tested on six different light wavelengths at various intensities to determine what colors of light they can see.

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Cohen found that deer see blue colors best and red colors the worst. Deer can also see greens, yellows and UV light, but they can’t differentiate color shades to that extent that humans can. 

What this means to a hunter is that you should avoid wearing anything blue. You should also avoid wearing camouflage with a lot of white, because white reflects all colors, including blue. And because deer can’t perceive color shades very well, a hunter wearing camouflage containing many subtle shades of green and/or brown looks just like one big blob to deer. Instead, wear camouflage that breaks up your outline and move as little as possible to avoid being busted.

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DC’s reaction to Palmer

Alan Gura’s blog post links to a pdf of a DC Police memo giving its reaction. Essentially: 1. DC residents who carry an unregistered gun can be charged with failure to register it, but not for carrying it. (By implication,…

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California Men Arrested for Diverting Salmon Stream to Grow Marijuana

Two unidentified men were arrested last week for rerouting water from the lowermost salmon stream in Santa Cruz, Calif. to irrigate 180 marijuana plants.

DFW assistant chief Brian Naslund explained just how harmful such operations can prove to wildli…

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Sydney Angler Lands Monster Southern Bluefin Tuna

Got a hankering for 20,000 sushi rolls? Karen Wright has you covered.
Wright, an angler from Sydney, Australia, caught a southern bluefin tuna Wednesday that weighed more than 316 pounds.

When she set out aboard, Wright that she had a fairly good ide…

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Bowhunting: Prime-Time Pre-Rut Strategies

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Without question, most diehard deer hunters get fired up for the much-anticipated rut. But this brief period can be chaotic, somewhat unpredictable, and often difficult to hunt due to intense outside hunting pressure and other …

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Deer of the Year: The Pumpkin Buck

Editor’s Note: We’re highlighting all of the bucks that ran in August’s Deer of the Year feature. Each week we’ll post the full story and extra photos right here on the BBZ blog.
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Minnesota to Set Most Conservative Deer Season in Two Decades

Minnesota hunters may not be surprised to hear that the 2014 season will be the state’s most conservative in the last 20 years. On Wednesday, Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that chances to hunt anterless deer will be restr…

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Palmer v. DC: a win!

Blog post and link to opinion here. District Court of DC rules that DC’s requirement for a permit to carry, combined with its refusal to issue such permits, is unconstitutional, and (2) so is its ban on issuing permits to…

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More on the PA hospital shooting

Story here It now appears that: 1) the murderer had a pocketful of ammunition, suggesting that, but for the psychiatrist shooting him and other staff jumping him, he would have gone on a killing spree. "We believe that Mr. Plotts,…

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Deer of the Year: Two Bucks for the Brothers

JON DAHLSTROM, idaho

”My brother, Jeremy, and I were finally fortunate enough to draw tags close to our hometown of Pocatello. We passed up several bucks before locating a nice 4×4. I won a quick game of rock-paper-scissors and took the buck. D…

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Deer of the Year: Third Shot’s a Charm

MATT SERWA, WIsconsin
”Suddenly, this giant buck was standing just 20 yards from my stand. I never heard him approach. I drew back, but my peep was twisted. I did my best to peer around the peep, but I shot over his back. I missed a second shot,…

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Deer of the Year: Third Shot’s a Charm

MATT SERWA, WIsconsin
”Suddenly, this giant buck was standing just 20 yards from my stand. I never heard him approach. I drew back, but my peep was twisted. I did my best to peer around the peep, but I shot over his back. I missed a second shot,…

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Deer of the Year: Hayfield Chill

Chad McKibben

“On January 6, wind chills hovered near ₋-25. On stand, overlooking a hay field, I spotted a buck at 140 yards—one that I’d been hunting for two years. I cocked the hammer on my muzzleloader and fired—nothing. …

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