During his tenure as a field editor for Deer and Deer Hunting, Charlie Alsheimer has used the magazine as a platform to share his extensive knowledge of deer behavior and the innovative strategies he uses to pursue the whitetail. He also has written extensively about the social side of hunting in order to promote the future of the sport. The links below provide access to thirteen of Charlie's most popular articles. We hope you find these stories both educational and entertaining.

Whitetail Behavior & Hunting Strategies

"They Walk 'til They Die"
• First appeared in the August 2008 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: Trying to manage for bucks older than 4 1/2 years is futile for many properties in North America. Here are the reasons why.

"Hunting the Rut"
• First appeared in the October 1997 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: The author identifies the different stages of the whitetail rut and outlines strategies for hunting each stage more effectively.

"Touched by Light"
• First appeared in the book Whitetail: Rites of Autumn, written by Charles Alsheimer and released by Krause Publications in November 2003
• Summary: A theory introduced by wildlife biologist Wayne Laroche identifies the moon as the key factor in triggering the whitetail rut. Alsheimer explains the theory and reviews data supporting it.

"48 Hours: One Buck's Rut on the Run"
• First appeared in the October 1995 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: Things get hectic in the deer woods when the courting season erupts. The author recalls a two-day period when he watched a buck scramble and battle to breed an estrous doe.

Quality Deer Management

"Can You Stockpile Bucks?"
• First appeared in the September 2008 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: A look at the four reasons why it's difficult to horde kings of the herd.

"Can QDM Work Down on the Farm?"
• First appeared in the October 1996 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: Alsheimer uses the example of a small group of landowners in Steuben County, New York, to show how a successful quality deer management program can be implemented.

"From Buttons to Boone and Crockett: What are the Odds?"
• First appeared in the August 1999 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: Is it realistic to expect every whitetail buck to reach record-book status? Learn how the odds are stacked against even the most well-fed, well-bred bucks.

"Grow Your Own"
• First appeared in the September 2002 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: Quality deer management is more popular than ever. After practicing it on his farm for ten years, the author has one regret. He reveals it in this stunning pictorial.

"QDM Q&A"
• First appeared in the book Quality Deer Management: The Basics and Beyond, written by Charles Alsheimer and released by Krause Publications in August 2002
• Summary: The author uses a question and answer format to outline the basic principles of quality deer management.

Relationships: The Social Side of Hunting

"The Journey"
• First appeared in the August 1995 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: Charlie Alsheimer spent many of his childhood days hunting the rolling farmland of western New York State. Those early experiences taught him how to appreciate nature and how to pass the tradition and life values to his son.

"Life Cycles"
• First appeared in the August 2001 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: The day will come when all of our cycles are complete, and the items we pass on to our children will eventually be lost, destroyed, or discarded. However, the lessons we've taught our kids will live on for generations. Many of those lessons were learned in deer camp.

"The 5 Stages of the Deer Hunter"
• First appeared in the June 2005 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: The white-tailed deer hunter passes through five clearly-defined stages during a lifetime of hunting. Which stage are you in?

"Whitetail: More Than an Animal to Me"
• First appeared in the March 2000 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: Join Charlie Alsheimer as he reflects on his exciting career that revolves around the white-tailed deer. Learn how the whitetail has allowed him to meet people and explore areas that he otherwise would never have experienced.

Educational/Informational

"How Healthy Is Venison?"
• First appeared in the September 2000 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: Venison isn't just for hunters. The non-hunting, health conscious segment of the population is turning to it as a low-fat, chemical-free source of protein, minerals and vitamins.

"One Man's Battle with Lyme Disease"
• First appeared in the October 1995 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting
• Summary: The author once scoffed at the threat of Lyme disease. Then he contracted the disease and felt its consequences. Learn from his painful experience.