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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 Night Owls

Natural Night Owls

By Bob Humphrey

Whitetails learn some behavior, but it takes millennia to change the nature of a species. QUESTION:Over the generations, are deer learning it is safer to move at night? –Steve H. ANSWER: Anything’s possible but that seems highly unlikely. While humans understand the concept of natural selection, we often fail to grasp the time it takes for a certain behavior...

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Chew on This!
Chew on This!

By Bob Humphrey

Sharp-toothed rodents are one reason shed hunting is a late-winter, early spring activity. QUESTION:I found several shed antlers this winter and noticed one was all chewed up. Why are some chewed and others not? What does that, and why? ANSWER: The m... READ MORE


Youth Movement
Youth Movement

By Bob Humphrey

You might be surprised at how many young bucks participate in breeding. QUESTION:I always thought the dominant buck in an area would do most of the breeding, but one of my friends said all the bucks, including the young ones, breed does. Can you tell... READ MORE


Time in a Bottle
Time in a Bottle

By Bob Humphrey

Some things get better over the years. Others, not so much. QUESTION: I bought a few extra bottles of deer scent (buck and doe) about three years ago and never opened a bottle of either. So my question is, should I just throw out the bottles and get ... READ MORE


Hot to Trot
Hot to Trot

By Bob Humphrey

You just can’t predict the rut, regardless of temperature. QUESTION: This year, right about the time of peak rut, we had a really warm spell and I hardly saw any deer. I’m wondering is it even worth hunting when it gets warm like that? ANSWER: There ... READ MORE


Lying Down on the Job
Lying Down on the Job

By Bob Humphrey

Bucks, and all whitetails, do things that defy explanation. QUESTION: My friend has a trail camera set up over a scrape. He has photos of a buck lying in the scrape for three hours. Is this normal in central Pennsylvania during November? ANSWER: Ye... READ MORE


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