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Bob Humphrey

Bob Humphrey is the Biology & Deer Behavior field editor for Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine and holds similar titles with other major hunting publications. He currently lives in Maine with his wife and two children. For more information about Bob, visit his website at www.bobhumphrey.com.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing

By Bob Humphrey

Is there such a thing as too many bucks, especially spikes? QUESTION: I have 480 acres, and we only shoot mature bucks at least 3 1/2 years old. I don’t set a point rule because I think you should age a deer by the body size, not the antlers. I have noticed that during the current deer season, we are seeing more than the normal numbers of young spike b...

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Time To Make Another Set
Time To Make Another Set

By Bob Humphrey

It seems a shame that big bucks drop their antlers, but it’s part of the natural cycle. QUESTION: I found a shed antler in late December, but I also have pictures of bucks that still had antlers in late January. What makes some bucks shed earli... READ MORE


Feelin’ Lucky?
Feelin’ Lucky?

By Bob Humphrey

Triple fawn bucks is probably pretty rare, but the odds for each were likely 50:50. QUESTION: I’ve been watching a doe near my property. She had three fawns, and all are bucks. What are the odds? ANSWER: In general, odds of a fawn being a buck or a d... READ MORE


Not Snake Oil
Not Snake Oil

By Bob Humphrey

There’s sound science behind scent-eliminating sprays. QUESTION: It seems like the latest craze with hunters is spray cover scent (Code Blue, Dead Down Wind, Scent Killer, etc). They basically soak themselves with whichever scent-killing spray... READ MORE


Abscesses and Meat
Abscesses and Meat

By Bob Humphrey

The venison is probably safe, but why take a chance? QUESTION: My son shot a doe that had an abscess in front of her shoulder. The deer seemed otherwise healthy. The abscess was not lanced until cut away from the carcass, and was not in contact with ... READ MORE


The Mane Question Is...
The Mane Question Is...

By Bob Humphrey

Like whitetails with fangs, species sometimes show ancient traits. QUESTION: I shot a buck this fall that had a mane. What causes this, and how common is it? ANSWER: While one can never be certain about such things, the most likely scenario is what b... READ MORE


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