It’s mid-October, a time that can offer some of the best hunting opportunities of the whole season. However, the thought process surrounding this time of the season is mixed. Is the October lull real? Should you get out in the woods or wait for November when the rut activity heats up? Haynes says it is impossible to predict what kind of hand nature will deal you this season, all you can do is adapt and react. Based on many of the big buck stories NAW reported on last year, Haynes says late October has a lot of potential, especially when the right weather conditions align. Work with the conditions you’re given, try your best to predict what the deer will do and get after it!
You can see the big bucks from late October of last season that Haynes referenced by looking at NAW’s archive of Breaking News Bucks stories. Haynes discusses NAW’S Breaking News Bucks stories that are reported on in near real-time. These Breaking News Bucks stories allow hunters to see newsworthy bucks and read about them as they are hitting the ground this fall, without any delay. People have always loved reading NAW for the stories about some of the biggest whitetails taken across the country, Haynes says, and this campaign allows them to see those deer sooner and hear the stories behind them.
North American Whitetail provides hunters with entertainment and education in the pages of their magazine, on their website, through their social media channels and on “North American Whitetail TV” on Outdoor Channel, Tuesdays at 7:30 pm ET. Plus, hunters can also watch an endless number of North American Whitetail TV episodes by using the MyOutdoorTV app. MyOutdoorTV is like the Netflix of hunting and outdoor content and allows viewers to choose what they want to watch. The North American Whitetail channel on MyOutdoorTV is packed with a library of historic NAW episodes as well as recent episodes. Haynes talks about the value of having access to the extensive library of content on MyOutdoorTV and how hunters can leverage it as a teaching tool, not just for entertainment.
Finally, Haynes talks about deer disease, a subject that is frequently at the forefront of headlines and conversations in the hunting community. Famed whitetail biologist James Kroll, or Dr. Deer, is part of the NAW team and is a great resource on matters of deer health. Although CWD is likely more talked about, Dr. Kroll has said that EHD is the most deadly deer disease. Decades of research and multi-millions of dollars have been spent researching these diseases that are impacting deer and state hunting regulations, so what have we learned in that time? Haynes talks about the science, whether or not we’re any closer to understanding these diseases and whether there will be a way to ever cure or treat these diseases. However, the true threat from these diseases may not be to the deer, at all. Instead, Hayes says the threat may be scaring the general public and people that eat venison. If you want to put hunting at risk, he says, make people afraid to eat venison. Listen in as Haynes talks about the impact of deer disease that extends far beyond deer health.
Be sure to listen to the whole broadcast this week with Haynes Shelton, Editor of “North American Whitetail” magazine and host of "North American Whitetail TV", Tuesdays at 7:30 pm ET on Outdoor Channel.
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