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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.

Blown Cover

Blown Cover

By Bob Humphrey

It isn’t just scent that causes deer to “blow.” QUESTION: I had a deer blow at me last year, and I know she wasn’t smelling me. The wind was wrong, plus she was clear across the field. I thought deer only blew if they smelled danger. Is that true?– Mike C. ANSWER: While we don’t know whether it’s a deliberate action or an instinctive reaction, deer sometimes...

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Another Year Older
Another Year Older

By Bob Humphrey

There are several ways to have tarsal glands available for luring in bucks. QUESTION: I’ve read several articles about using a buck’s tarsal gland to lure in other bucks. The problem is, we only get one buck here, so when I take a buck, I’m done. Wou... READ MORE


Tick, Tick, Tick
Tick, Tick, Tick

By Bob Humphrey

No, it’s not “60 Minutes,” it’s your deer hide. QUESTION: Both of the deer I got last year had a ton of ticks on them. Does that have any effect on the meat? And what if I want to keep a hide next time? Is there a good way to kill all the ticks? – Ge... READ MORE


Jive Turkey
Jive Turkey

By Bob Humphrey

Should you be concerned when turkeys share a food plot with deer? QUESTION: With the arrival of turkey season, it got me thinking about last fall when turkeys would come into my food plot while I was hunting deer. I didn’t want them there beca... READ MORE


Tall Tail
Tall Tail

By Bob Humphrey

Like humans, every deer is an individual with unique traits. QUESTION: I’ve been watching this young buck for a couple months now, and he has the longest tail I’ve ever seen on a whitetail. I live in eastern North Carolina, about 40 miles from the co... READ MORE


Off the Script
Off the Script

By Bob Humphrey

While the rut is simple and predictable in some states, not so much in others. QUESTION: I live in Tennessee and want to get on a lease or maybe even buy hunting land in Alabama. I heard the rut is in January in Alabama. Is the rut in January in the ... READ MORE


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