Deer

This blog collection is all about white-tailed deer (and a few other game species), covering topics such as deer impacts on the land, deer habitat management, scouting, and hunting.

Does a Bear Sit in the Woods?

Kris Brown Wednesday, 02 September 2020

Does a Bear Sit in the Woods?

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Watershed recreation lands provide the public with many opportunities for outdoor fun, including hiking, fishing, and hunting. Since January of 2020, I’ve been running four trail cameras on several DEP properties. Well, three now that one “went missing”. Recently, I programmed the cameras to take videos, and in this blog, I share the highlight reel.

Winging-it Venison Stew

Heather Hilson Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Winging-it Venison Stew

Cooking can be cathartic. This week on MyWoodlot, Heather Hilson shares her Winging-it Venison Stew recipe, cooked low and slow. It’s hearty and comforting – perfect for those colder rainy spring days in the Catskills.

Nature’s Food Plot in a New York Woodlot

Kris Brown Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Nature’s Food Plot in a New York Woodlot

It’s a bumper crop year for red oak acorns in the Catskills.

Post-season winter scouting for deer in the Catskills

Kris Brown Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Post-season winter scouting for deer in the Catskills

Nothing but deer tags to eat this year? Don’t sulk. Get out there and start scouting.

Where have all the squirrels gone?

Kris Brown Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Where have all the squirrels gone?

The lack of squirrels in the woods didn’t seem like a big deal to me at first, but after seeing one predator after another, I couldn’t help but link the two.

Psychotic (in a Good Way) Wildlife Benefiting Behavior

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Psychotic (in a Good Way) Wildlife Benefiting Behavior

You know you’re in for an adventure when the first thing a landowner says to you is, “So have you heard about my psychotic deer behavior?”

How to Convert Your Old Log Landing into a Wildlife Food Plot

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 04 April 2016

How to Convert Your Old Log Landing into a Wildlife Food Plot

Every timber harvest has an area where logs are sorted and then loaded onto trucks for delivery to a sawmill. These areas are called landings, and they are more impacted by logging than any other part of a harvest because of all the equipment driving around. Right after a harvest, a landing can look messy, with the plants worn away and bare dirt exposed. But these areas don’t have to stay messy.

Dinner for Deer

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 28 December 2015

Dinner for Deer

My family always eats a big meal around Christmas, and this year, that got me thinking. What do deer eat this time of year? During the spring and late summer they feast on new growth – leaves, grasses, and herbaceous plants (like spring wildflowers). In the late summer and fall they shift to fruits, nuts, acorns, and farm crops.

Book Review: Deerland by Al Cambronne

Joshua VanBrakle Monday, 21 December 2015

Book Review: Deerland by Al Cambronne

Few woods-related topics are as important – and as emotional – as white-tailed deer. In his 2013 book Deerland: America’s Hunt for Ecological Balance and the Essence of Wildness, Al Cambronne delivers a thorough, well-researched, rational discussion of this often irrational topic.