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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
Passing of an Old Friend
by Denny Quaiff ..............................................14
Virginia Deer Classic
by Dennis Scott ...............................................18
Game Management
by David Monatague.........................................20
Dr. Rue's Whitetail Behavior
by Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III................................24
The Archery Shop
by Bob Peck ....................................................28
The Shooters Lounge
by Jim Draper ..................................................32
A Hunter's Short Story
by Charles Gordon ............................................54
A Hunter's Short Story
by Deane Flickinger ...........................................56
The Next Generation
Denny Quaiff ....................................................57
Hunters Corner
by Denny Quaiff.................................................58
Manufacturers Spotlight
by Whitetail Times Outdoor Writers ....................60
Celebrating Venison
by Elaine and Bruce Ingram ...............................62
Back At Camp
by Matt Stone....................................................66


FEATURES_____________________________________________

The Eastern Coyote: Virginia's Apex Predator
by Mike Roberts ..............................................................................36
Coyotes continue to expand their presence throughout the eastern seaboard. Dealing with this predator is an ongoing challenge!
Rut Hunting Gold
by Jason Butler ...............................................................................42
Diehard deer hunters live to hunt the rut. Don't just sit and wait; use the sounds of the deer woods to make it happen!
Postage Stamp Places
by Bruce Ingram .............................................................................46
Locating small out of the way hunting places could result in your next memorable hunt. Using modern technology to find these parcels is a formula for success!
Hidey-Hole Bucks
by Gerald Almy ................................................................................50
Big bucks know how to survive. These mature animals very often are hiding in the most unlikely places we never think to look!


Cover by Tommy Kirkland

Cluster rubs are unpredictable, erratic and should not be used to pattern mobile bucks. When cluster rubs are found in and around food plots they have usually occurred because quality nutrition attracts deer. In turn, the bucks are in close proximity to one another, which sometimes provokes aggression and heirarchy. These behaviors are typically why cluster rubs occur around concentrated feeding areas and tend to be exhibited along the edge of these sites. A group of cluster rubs are usually three to six trees marked within a radius of five to 30 feet. Bucks perform cluster rubs for several reasons that include nutrition, fighting, breeding and tending behaviors as well as bedding areas. Like rub lines, cluster rubs are not only a release of aggression, they can also announce a buck's presence!




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