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Tree Stand Location Tactics for Hunting Whitetails

Posted on by Jeff Sturgis in Hunting Strategy

Choosing a tree stand location is a decision that should never be taken lightly. There are several factors that can make or break a new tree stand location. When it comes to investing hours in one spot waiting for a mature buck to cross your path, there are ways that you can stack the odds in your favor by combining several important factors. Here are my favorite 3 tactics for choosing your next tree stand location.

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Whitetail Waterhole Tips to Define Deer Movement

Posted on by Jeff Sturgis in Hunting Strategy

One of the simplest and most effective ways to define deer movement is through the installation of strategically placed waterholes. With just a few supplies and a little sweat, you can have a waterhole filled and ready to become an integral part of the local whitetail’s daily movement. The size of the tank you’ll need depends on how you’ll keep the waterhole filled.

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Mass Editing Trail Camera Timestamps is Here!

Posted on by Jon Livingston in Product News

We’ve all been there. After pulling our trail camera SD cards, we run home, load them onto our computer, only to realize the timestamps are completely wrong. Either we didn’t account for Daylight Saving Time, the camera somehow defaulted back to its original settings (some three years earlier!), or we just forgot to set the time after changing batteries.

While DeerLab has allowed you to update a photo’s individual timestamp, we admit the process was a real pain when needing to do this for hundreds, if not thousands, of trail cam photos.

But we have good news. Those days are over!

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3 Hunting Strategies For Taming The October Lull

Posted on by Jeff Sturgis in Hunting Strategy

The flury of the early season is so incredibly anticipated and leaves so incredibly fast. It's hasty retreat has a nasty habitat of dragging buck sightings and trail cam pictures along with it, while ushering in the dreaded October Lull. A great deer hunting parcel is a chunk of ground that can be hunted during the entire season and not just during the rut. So before you become depressed over the lull and the lack of mature buck activity that goes along with it, consider these 3 October Lull busting strategies for maximizing your hunting activities this Fall:

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Moon Phase Reports for Bucks

Posted on by Jon Livingston in Product News

Does deer activity change from one moon phase to another? How about during certain daylight hours of moon phases? Do all bucks move the same way during specific phases or do they move differently due to their own unique personality?

Deer activity, or the lack of activity, during particular moon phases is probably being debated as you read this. Some swear by it and won't hunt without certain moon conditions while others think it’s a joke. No matter what side you lean on DeerLab's new Moon Phase reports will provide data specific to your bucks, allowing you to come to your own conclusions.

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DeerLab Testimonial: Cecil the Whitetail

Posted on by Jon Livingston in Testimonials

No question about it, we love having success stories come in from hunters using DeerLab. Today we received a short message from Casey Moe of Grafton, North Dakota saying "Thanks for all the help with patterning my target buck for this year! I put it to work!".

Of course we wanted to hear more, so here's the rest of the story, straight from Casey...

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Patterning Bucks After Summer with Your Trail Cameras

Posted on by Alex Comstock in Hunting Strategy, Trail Cameras

Minerals and food. That’s the secret (not quite a secret) to capturing trail camera pictures of the bucks on your property during the summer months. For most of us, we run cameras all summer long and drool over photos when our trail cams show us what bucks are on our properties. This goes on roughly until about the middle of September, and then a switch flips, and those bucks that you have hundreds or even thousands of pictures of seem to vanish. Your cameras go absolutely dead, leaving you wondering where all your big bucks went. What happens during this time of year is a habitat, or a core home range shift.

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Buck Recognition: Core or Non Core Buck?

Posted on by Jeff Sturgis in Hunting Strategy

Practicing buck recognition through several methods is critical if your desire is to successfully target a specific mature buck this Fall. While that concept may seem rather obvious, your efforts should extend well beyond a pretty picture from a trail camera or an in-the-field observation of an evening feeding giant. In fact what you decide to do with that little picture of intel can contribute greatly to filling your tag or not.

One of the most important questions that you can ask yourself is, "Where is he now, and where will he be Then".

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Manage Trail Camera Locations with Ease

Posted on by Jon Livingston in Product News

Sometimes managing where your trail cameras are can be a pain, especially if you’re moving them around to target particular bucks, or if you have a number of cams on one or more properties. Once you start using over 10 cameras it becomes quite a chore. Some DeerLab customers have over 200 cams. Can you imagine?

To help hunters manage their cams, as well as all their photos, stats, and reports from various camera locations, we just released a new feature called Camera Statuses that's now available in everyone's account. Check out this short video tutorial to see how Camera Statuses work.

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