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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.

Therein Lies the Rub

Therein Lies the Rub

By Bob Humphrey

Bucks rub their antlers to remove velvet and mark territory, but understanding rub messages depends on when and where the buck made them. QUESTION: On my property in the Catskills region of New York, we see a few rubs in late September and early October, but the majority of rubs do not appear until early November. I want to know if buck rubs are primarily fo...

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Restricting Antlers
Restricting Antlers

By Bob Humphrey

Our biologist weighs in on the question of antler restrictions. QUESTION: Texas has decided that antler restrictions improve buck antler growth, but we have surveyed this for the past four years. When you take the trophies out, older deer with deform... READ MORE


You New in Town?
You New in Town?

By Bob Humphrey

It probably doesn’t matter where a deer is from when it comes to scent. QUESTION: There are so many brands and types of doe-in-heat scent, so I’d like to know if one works better than others. Do deer smell different from region to region?... READ MORE


Just Scraping the Surface
Just Scraping the Surface

By Bob Humphrey

Like most rut activities, scrape-making is fairly predictable. QUESTION: Do bucks start making scrapes as soon as their antlers are hard? ANSWER: Most scraping activity occurs in the fall and signals a sort of unofficial beginning to the rut as bucks... READ MORE


Better Late than Never
Better Late than Never

By Bob Humphrey

While we sometimes see late-born fawns, it’s not the norm. QUESTION: I live in southeastern Connecticut, and this past season through the month of October I watched a doe and her fawn. The fawn was very small and still had its spots. The last w... READ MORE


It All Depends
It All Depends

By Bob Humphrey

There is no set way to prepare a food plot since conditions are different everywhere. QUESTION: How soon after spraying to kill weeds and grasses can you plant a food plot? Should the plots be disced, or planted using a no-till drill? — Harold ... READ MORE


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