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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.

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 earlier or later than others? – Shawn L. ANSWER: Antlers are a remarkable and mysterious natural phenomenon. ...

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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


Spring Fever
Spring Fever

By Bob Humphrey

Is it possible to see whitetail rutting behavior in turkey season? QUESTION: While turkey hunting in Florida last spring, I witnessed an antlered buck chasing a doe just like they do in the rut. When I mentioned it to my outfitter, he didn’t think it... READ MORE


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