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DEPARTMENTS_____________________

Mail from the Herd
Readers respond..................................................7
From the Officers and Directors of the VDHA
by Denny Quaiff ..................................................8
Western Virginia Conservation Banquet
by Lacey Sullivan................................................11
Virginia Deer Classic
by Dennis Scott..................................................12
Game Management
by Matt Knox......................................................16
Dr. Rue's Whitetail Behavior
by Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III .................................20
The Archery Shop
by Bob Peck ......................................................24
Featured Hunt Club
by Deane Flickinger ...........................................28
A Hunters Short Story
by Denny Quaiff ................................................30
The Shooters Lounge
by Jim Draper ...................................................52
The Next Generation
Denny Quaiff ....................................................56
Hunters Corner
by Denny Quaiff.................................................58
Celebrating Venison
by Elaine and Bruce Ingram ...............................60
Back At Camp
by Matt Stone....................................................62


FEATURES_____________________________________________

Antler Management
by Ken Perrotte ..............................................................................34
Serious whitetail hunters are passionate when it comes to their antler collection. However, making room for more and more trophy antlers requires a management plan!
Heels, Hands, Heinies and Heads
by Bruce Ingram .............................................................................38
Hunters that plan to hunt all day when the winter weather turns bitter cold must have the right clothing. Read how to be prepared!
The Importance of Staging Areas for Deer Hunters
by Gerald Almy ................................................................................42
When scouting look for heavy cover that join open feeding areas. These safe havens for bucks are prime staging areas and great spots for a hunter's ground blind or tree stands!
Shift Change: Stay Alert to Keep Your Rut
by Jason Butler ...............................................................................46
Watch for increased buck activity that usually heats up in early November. Spend as much time on stand as possible, and don't let this opportunity pass you by!


Cover by Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III

As the fall season progresses, a mature buck's testosterone levels are on the rise. Along with an assertive disposition, and the presence of female deer, a buck is instigated to slam the trees. Antlers work to shed the tree bark, while forehead glands deposit the buck's scent beyond the natural acts to proclaim a buck's scent communication. Foremost is to signal his breeding availability to does and to rival other mature bucks in the vicinity. Though it is not always the case, for the most part, the higher the rub on the tree usually indicates that a mature buck has laid his mark as shown by this dominant bruiser here!




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