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DEPARTMENTS_____________________

Mail From the Herd
by Readers respond.........................................8
From the Officers and Directors of the VDHA
by Denny Quaiff .............................................10
Chapter News
Blue Ridge and Northern Neck Chapters............12
Game Management
by Matt Knox...................................................14
Dr. Rue's Whitetail Behavior
by Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III...............................16
The Shooters Lounge
by Jim Draper .................................................20
The Archery Shop
by Bob Peck ....................................................44
Manufacturers Spotlight
by Whitetail Times Outdoor Writers ..................48
The Next Generation
Denny Quaiff ..................................................51
Hunters Corner
by Denny Quaiff...............................................52
Celebrating Venison
by Elaine and Bruce Ingram .............................54
Back At Camp
by Matt Stone..................................................58


FEATURES_____________________________________________

Chases
by Don Shumaker .........................................................................24
Deer hunting with hounds is a long-standing tradition in eastern Virginia. Houndsmen live for the chase and continue to pass this practice down to the next generation!
Wrapping Up the Fort A. P. Hill Tour with a Bang
by Ken Perrotte .............................................................................32
Military bases throughout Virginia offer some of the best public land hunting in the state. Fort A. P. Hill has the reputation for being one of the best, and our author tells why!
Inexpensive Ways to Manage Your Land
by Bruce Ingram ............................................................................36
Managing deer can be an expensive undertaking. Look for ways to reduce the cost and create more nutritional sites for the deer on your property!
Back to Basics
by Jason Butler ..............................................................................40
When filling your deer tag starts to become a problem, its time to make a change. So let's try going back to the basics and test the results!


Cover by Tommy Kirkland

The whitetail deer is a browse animal, and during the winter, they are forced to do more with less food available. Where deer populations are high, areas often become over browsed, and evidence of this can be obvious. During this past fall, in Virginia, much of our state experienced a hardwood mast failure. When we combine this factor with extremely cold winter weather and above normal snow fall, the whitetail deer throughout the Old Dominion have been exposed to unusual stress. This type of stress can result in some winter die off. It can also affect fawn recruitment as does may be unable to carry a fetus full term. This winter stress can also affect antler growth for bucks in the upcoming spring and summer months. However, the whitetail deer is a survivor and handles the most adverse conditions that Mother Nature has to offer!




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