The Cervicide Blog

Timber Stand Improvement

Posted by Tyler Heeter

What is Timber Stand Improvement? Timber Stand Improvement or “TSI” consists of practices designed to produce more and better quality wood products by improving the quality and species of the stand and by increasing the rate of growth of the residual or crop trees in the stand. Only that vegetation competing with crop trees is […]

Spring Thunder

Posted by Dalton Will

The Gobble, Long and Loud There are few things in this life that compare to the feeling one experiences while sitting in the predawn of an April forest at the base of an ancient oak tree. New life is beginning to emerge from winter’s harsh grip. Songbirds begin to fill the air with their morning […]

Tanning Made Easy

Posted by Tyler Heeter

What should you do with the furs that you have worked so hard for on your trap line? With fur prices at an all-time low, it’s more fun to tan the furs yourself, so that you can enjoy the memory for years to come. With a few simple steps, you can have a nicely tanned […]

My First Buck…A Moment 13 Years in the Making

Posted by Josh

The Start of a Passion When people ask a deer hunter about their first time harvesting a buck, typically the story goes something like “I was 12 years old sitting in the stand with dad and a buck stepped out and I shot him.” But the story of my first buck didn’t go that way. […]

Breaking Down the Pre-Rut, Rut and Post Rut

Posted by Toren Shirk

Now onto everyone’s favorite topic Reproduction. The pre-rut, rut and post rut can be a magical time to be in the woods and can be the most frustrating. This time of year is typically when deer movement is at an all time high especially for bucks. I’m going to break down these times and try […]

The Experience of a Wyoming Duck Hunt

Posted by Emily Peterson

Experiencing Wyoming Duck Hunting If you have never been to Wyoming, I highly recommend it, I recommend it even more if you want to duck hunt there as well. The whole atmosphere is amazing, mountains everywhere you look, Mule Deer, Rams and Pronghorn all over the place and some very friendly people. The whole time […]

Cover & Water

Posted by Toren Shirk

Cover This topic is somewhat of an oxymoron. We are talking about deer movement but one of the topics is cover, where deer will bed down for most of the day and movement is somewhat limited. Well this is actually how you will want to think of it. Security Cover, cover that allows deer to […]

Great American Outdoor Show

Posted by Toren Shirk

If you haven’t heard we will not be having a booth at the show this year. Instead we are trying to get a bunch of staffers and anyone else that would like to join to get together for dinner on Saturday February 8th at 7:30 at the Midtown Tavern.   If anyone has any questions […]

Deer Movement

Posted by Toren Shirk

Deer are diurnal, meaning that most of their movement occurs around sunset and sunup.  Deer Movement is based around 4 things that all deer need. Food Cover Water Reproduction Let’s dive into Food. Deer are ruminants, a four stomach even toed animals, just like cows. That means they rechew the food they originally ate after […]

Learning How to Scout Effectively

Posted by Toren Shirk

Learning How to Scout Effectively E-SCOUTING Let’s say we want to scout this piece of land. First things we want to do is mark the special terrain features. -Saddles -Benches -Extremely Steep Terrain -Drainages or Ditches Here we have this piece of timber marked.  Green represents Saddles -Saddles are low spots in ridges that connect […]

Be More Successful Deer Hunting with these 5 Steps

Posted by Toren Shirk

A 5 Part Series on How to Be More Successful Deer Hunting with these 5 Steps How successful were you hunting whitetails this deer season? Do you find yourself thinking you hate hunting public land? Are you thinking to yourself on the drive to that piece of public or walking in that “this is just […]

Grandpa’s Gift

Posted by Emily Peterson

Some of the most important things in the world can be the most random things A mug, a t-shirt, necklace, picture. To me, it is a Puma knife, thermos and flashlight. These were items that used to be my grandpa’s, and he gifted them to me before he passed because he thought I could use […]