Whitetail Deer • Mossy Oak University

Whitetail Deer • Mossy Oak University

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Whitetail Deer • Mossy Oak University
  • Best Weather Conditions for Deer Hunting

    Episode 1

    Dr. Bronson Strickland, co-director of the Mississippi State Deer Lab, talks about the weather conditions he believes are best for hunting. In the many years of whitetail deer study, the MSU deer lab has concluded that deer movement is relatively consistent except in time of extreme changes of we...

  • Best Weather Conditions For Late Season Whitetail Hunting

    Episode 2

    When deer hunting late season, or as some refer to as post rut, the best weather conditions tend to be when a big cold front hits your area. Depending on what part of the country you’re hunting, these cold fronts will contain precipitation that falls in the form of rain, or snow/sleet/freezing ra...

  • How Does a Weather Front or Cold Front Affect Deer Movement

    Episode 3

    Dr. Bronson Strickland, co-director of the Mississippi State Deer Lab, discusses their research on how a weather front may change deer behavior and movement. Through years of research and analyzation of data, they believe that deer movement is relatively consistent except in time of extreme chang...

  • Understanding Deer Movement

    Episode 4

    Dr. Bronson Strickland, co-director of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab, discusses his understanding of deer movement. The current understanding is that deer movement is motivated by food until the breeding season begins. A deer will bed where it feels secure and can digest its food. Onc...

  • Home Range of Whitetail Deer

    Episode 5

    Dr. Bronson Strickland, co-director of the Mississippi State University deer lab, discusses the typical home range of a whitetail deer. A deer at the beginning of its life typically disperses away from its birthed area and establishes its home range elsewhere. Once the home range has been establi...

  • Does a New Moon Affect Deer Movement

    Episode 6

    Dr. Bronson Strickland, co-director of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab, discusses the little impact a new moon has on deer movement. He says that there is little support for saying a deer moves more during the day when there is a new moon. The data continually backs up the idea that a d...

  • What Effect Does the Moon Phase Have on Deer Movement

    Episode 7

    There have been several theories proposed about how the moon affects deer movement. One revolves around moon position and suggests deer movement increases when the moon is directly overhead or underneath. These two periods, each of which occurs once each day, are termed major and minor peaks, res...

  • Does Moon Phase Affect Deer Movement During the Rut

    Episode 8

    One common theory suggests that moon phase can influence timing of the rut, and therefore peak activity periods. We know the onset of breeding season is influenced primarily by photoperiodism - changes in the amount of sunlight as the days grow shorter. This causes physiological processes in deer...

  • Mature Whitetail Buck Travel Range During the Rut

    Episode 9

    Dr. Bronson Strickland, co-director of the Mississippi State Deer Lab, discusses the rut’s effect on buck travel range. During the rut you see increased buck movements. The claim that a buck can move miles is true and have even been recorded to move up to 7 miles in a 24 hour period. They are act...

  • Targeting Trophy Speckled Trout • Moon, Tide, and Solunar Activity

    Episode 10

    Solunar tables are a fisherman's best friend. Solunar periods dictate high rates of activity. The moon in its relationship to the earth, as well as the sun and its pull, are all playing a part in that high solunar activity. If the moon is coming up at the same time as the sun is coming up, you ha...

  • Moon Phase and Deer Movement - Solunar Tables

    Episode 11

    Dr. Bronson Strickland, co-director of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab, discusses moon phases as they relate to deer movement. With the Solunar tables, it is about the gravitational pull impact on deer movement. While there have been findings of very subtle changes in deer movement due ...

  • Does a Full Moon Affect Deer Movement

    Episode 12

    There have been several theories proposed about how the moon affects deer movement. One revolves around moon position and suggests deer movement increases when the moon is directly overhead or underneath. These two periods, each of which occurs once each day, are termed major and minor peaks, res...

  • 7 Tips for Better Trail Camera Photos

    Episode 13

    Austin Delano discusses trail cameras and shares a few tips that will help you get better pictures on your trail camera.

  • Best Moon Phase for Whitetail Deer Hunting

    Episode 14

    Dr. Bronson Strickland, co-director of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab, discusses the reasoning for hunting during all moon phases. Dr. Bronson states that all moon phases are good for hunting and that the main factor you should always consider is wind direction. You should strategize a...

  • Advanced Scouting for Deer Using Trail Camera

    Episode 15

    A trail camera is probably the single best advancement for preseason scouting for whitetails. Most of the time trail cameras are used at food sources to get pictures of deer. One way that game cameras may be under-utilized for preseason deer scouting is neglecting the time lapse feature on your t...

  • Deer Minerals • When to Establish Mineral Sites for Whitetail Deer

    Episode 16

    Minerals play an important role in managing and growing whitetails. Minerals like BioRock or Full Draw Block https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mossy-Oak-BioLogic-Full-Draw-Deer-Attractant-Block/490478501 are always beneficial for deer, but the most activity around minerals is in late winter through the ...

  • Deer Feeding Patterns • Transitioning From Plots to Acorns

    Episode 17

    When the deer seem to disappear from your food plots or you aren’t seeing quality deer in your fields, they’ve mostly likely transitioned from agriculture food sources to acorns. At this time in the season, move back into the woods towards the bedding area, and start looking for big white oak tre...

  • How to Brush In a Ground Blind

    Episode 18

    The good thing about having a Mossy Oak ground blind is that you don’t have to worry about it blending in with what’s already found in nature, but it is a good idea to disguise the shape of the blind. The benefit of using rope to tie down the blind is that you can more naturally disguise the blin...

  • Where to Start a Mineral Site for Deer

    Episode 19

    It’s best to put your minerals out near bedding and feeding areas, locations where they will find and use it. Keep it in the same place year after year, because the deer will learn where that spot is and keep using it. Keep it off the beaten path as not to interfere with vehicles, and make sure t...

  • Best Ground Blind For Bow Hunting

    Episode 20

    Bowhunting from a ground blind can be challenging if your blind isn’t big enough. You need lots of room to be able to draw your bow back. How the windows open is important for bowhunting in a ground blind. Find one that allows the window to be opened at a minimum to get the job done. The smaller ...

  • Bow Hunting From a Ground Blind

    Episode 21

    When bowhunting from a ground blind, concealment still matters. Mossy Oak Eclipse was made specifically for ground blind hunters to conceal a hunter that’s set up in a dark ground blind while still maintaining camouflage effectiveness to naturally blend into the woods. You also want to make sure ...

  • Ground Blind Setup

    Episode 22

    When you set up your ground blind, the most important thing to consider is where you will enter the ground blind. You want to be as quiet and concealed as possible to keep from spooking the deer. Be sure you can enter the ground blind in a spot that makes it difficult to be spotted. You also want...

  • Ground Blind Hunting Tips

    Episode 23

    There are two main things you cannot overlook when hunting from a ground blind. Proper seating and camouflaging your hands and face. You’re going to be the blind for a while, so you want a seat with a back and without arms, which can get in the way when aiming or shooting. You may even consider a...

  • Ground Blind Placement

    Episode 24

    When setting up a ground blind for deer hunting, location is key. Look for cover or bedding areas and food sources, as the deer will leave their bedding areas to head to that food source. Ground blinds should be placed where you have clear vision into the deer’s feeding area, but still allows you...