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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.

Seeing Red?

Seeing Red?

By Bob Humphrey

Why a blood moon, or any type of moon, probably doesn’t make a big difference. QUESTION: When the bow deer season opens in North Carolina, is a Blood Moon good for hunters? ANSWER: Given that it’s now November we’re a little late in answering this one, but it doesn’t really matter. Blood moon is another name for a total lunar eclipse, which occurs when align...

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Someone Get a Dump Truck
Someone Get a Dump Truck

By Bob Humphrey

It’s difficult to diagnose deer health from a picture, but there is a definite problem here. QUESTION: My brother in-law and I have been hunting a buck that has been a 7-pointer for the last four years. We figured he was at least 3 1/2 years old the ... READ MORE


Bleach Is for Laundry
Bleach Is for Laundry

By Bob Humphrey

We’ve heard of some crazy deer attractants, but this one is really out there. QUESTION: A friend told us to put Clorox out to attract the deer. Is this true? Does it work or is it harmful for the deer? ANSWER: I’ve heard of some wild products used as... READ MORE


Fool Moon Fever
Fool Moon Fever

By Bob Humphrey

Should you believe half of what you see and none of what you hear? QUESTION: I’ve read a bunch of stuff on how the moon affects deer movement, and it seems to say the full moon doesn’t have any effect on them moving less during daylight. Still, I alw... READ MORE


Not Quite Bambi
Not Quite Bambi

By Bob Humphrey

Be careful about ascribing human traits to deer. QUESTION: I was watching a doe and her fawns feeding in a field. All of a sudden one of the fawns bolted halfway across the field, stopped and then ran back. Then the other fawn started running around ... READ MORE


Tale of the Tail
Tale of the Tail

By Bob Humphrey

A deer’s tail serves multiple survival functions. QUESTION: It’s obvious how the white-tailed deer got its name, but what is the purpose of this tail? It seems like flagging would only attract predators. ANSWER: Deer generally live in a forest enviro... READ MORE


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