Mike and Adam interview Dr. Bob Sheppard about the when, where, and how to hunt whitetail deer in the South. Dr. Sheppard has over 40-years experience hunting whitetails, has taught countless bowhunting schools, and is author of “Whitetails: A Research Based Hunting Model“. He grew up on a farm in Alabama, born in 1950, the son of tenant farmers.  He descended from a long line of fishermen and hunters. He practiced Internal Medicine in private practice for twenty five years and now serves as Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of Hospitalist Services at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  He began a writing career in the outdoor field during his years of medical school and residency, and became a staff writer for an Alabama based magazine called the Alabama Sportsman (later to become one of Game & Fish Publication’s periodicals, Alabama Game & Fish). Over the next fifteen years, he placed articles in Outdoor Life,  Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Bowhunter Magazine,  Harris Publication’s books and annuals, Deer & Deer Hunting, Progressive Farmer, Southern Outdoors, Game & Fish Publications and a host of others.  He subsequently earned the credentials to become an active member of OWAA (Outdoor Writer’s Association of America) and SEOPA (Southeastern Outdoor Press Association), two of the largest organizations of outdoor writers in the nation. In 1979 he began instructing in a series of bowhunting schools held at commercial hunting lodges across the South. These have become the nation’s oldest continuous line of outdoor skills schools in existence.


What We Learn In This Episode:

  • The 3 Elements of Weather that are Most Important for High Deer Movement
  • How Many Times Should a Stand be Hunted Each Season
  • When and How Should Pre-season Scouting Occur
  • How Whitetail Deer Move Relative to Wind Direction
  • What Terrain Features are Best for a Stand Sight
  • How Deer Respond to Human Scent
  • A Whole Lot More

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Show notes, resources, links:

Dr. Bob’s Website- www.bobsheppard.com

Bent Creek Lodge- 30,000 Acre Hunting Outfitter Where much of the data was collected- www.bentcreeklodge.com

Dr. Sheppard’s Shooting House Plans- http://bobsheppard.com/shooting-house-floor-plans/

Whitetails: A Research Based Hunting Model


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