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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.

He’s Just a Kid!

He’s Just a Kid!

By Bob Humphrey

Aging deer is always a guess, but it’s an educated guess. QUESTION: I would be interested to know your estimate on the age of the whitetail in this photo. ANSWER: We generally shy away from “age this deer” questions for fear of opening up the floodgates, but here goes: There are several keys that can help us narrow down the possibilities. Relatively long leg...

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I Need This Like ...
I Need This Like ...

By Bob Humphrey

Have you ever noticed little holes in the skull of a buck? QUESTION: Do you know what could have caused these holes in a buck skull? I don’t believe it’s from an abscess. – Justin Y. ANSWER: The skulls of deer, and all mammals for t... READ MORE


Hair Club for Deer
Hair Club for Deer

By Bob Humphrey

Our biologist considers the different factors that contribute to a buck’s coloring. QUESTION: I am curious why some deer have a different color toupee. For example, we hunt a private track of land in Illinois. All of the deer taken over the yea... READ MORE


Doe, Rei, Oh My!
Doe, Rei, Oh My!

By Bob Humphrey

There aren’t very many does in the record books, but here’s one. QUESTION: I recently shot a hard-antlered doe in Monroe County, Ohio. It is a 16-pointer with a Buckmasters score of 173. I was wondering what causes does to grow antlers. A... READ MORE


Wait, There’s More!
Wait, There’s More!

By Bob Humphrey

Don’t put away your scent-killing spray after hunting season. You might need it. QUESTION: I knocked a lid off my doe-in-heat scent in my back seat of my truck. It just reactivates when I shampoo, as it will in the wild when it rains. Is there ... READ MORE


Scared To Death
Scared To Death

By Bob Humphrey

You’ll need a good detective to solve this mystery. QUESTION: My father once brought home a doe he had taken. It had no wounds anywhere, but there was one small drop of blood coming out of the doe’s ear. We assumed he must have perfectly ... READ MORE


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