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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.

Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers

By Bob Humphrey

Mother Nature isn’t as kind as the stories. QUESTION: This seems to be an unpopular subject to non-hunters. On occasion, I’ve heard reports of wolves or mountain lions killing far more animals than they need to eat. These stories come from a federal trapper taking care of problem animals killing livestock like sheep and cattle. People who oppose the idea tha...

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Not in Kansas Anymore
Not in Kansas Anymore

By Bob Humphrey

Do extreme weather events like tornados drive deer out of an area? QUESTION: I live pretty in central Alabama. I have pictures of really nice deer from spring, but since a tornado that came through in April I haven’t seen much activity. Is it possibl... READ MORE


Something Missing
Something Missing

By Bob Humphrey

Good soil for deer includes minerals plants might not need. QUESTION: Here in southwest-central Pennsylvania, we have difficulty growing larger deer. We have been told we have poor soil, but we have farms that grow the food the deer eat year round. I... READ MORE


On the Bright Side
On the Bright Side

By Bob Humphrey

What’s good for deer might not be good for hunters ... and vice-versa. QUESTION: We hunt on private property in the southeast corner of the Texas Panhandle. Last year we had record amounts of rain, and there was so much vegetation the deer did not co... READ MORE


When Growth Kicks In
When Growth Kicks In

By Bob Humphrey

Antler characteristics can be determined by a number of factors, including genetics. QUESTION: What causes all of these kickers, especially on the bases? ANSWER: Several things influence the shape, size and configuration of deer antlers, including ag... READ MORE


Another One Bites the Dust
Another One Bites the Dust

By Bob Humphrey

Here’s yet another long-held belief that new data says is false. QUESTION: This spring I planted brassicas, and so far the deer don’t seem to be eating them. Someone told me they don’t eat them until frost hits and the starches turn... READ MORE


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