The time has finally come ladies and gentleman. It is the day we dream about from the last day of season until this moment. Like a kid dreaming of Christmas, we have officially entered the fall bliss of the archery opener all across the country.
With that being said, we at Whitetail XTC wish each and every hunter great success and a safe and soul refreshing season in the splendor of God’s creation.
October brings us to a key player affectionately referred to as the councilor a.k.a the Wildlife biologist. In every state we visited during the consumer trade show season we took advantage to speak with biologists of those respective states and of course speaking regularly with those in our home state of Indiana.
If you recall from blogs “Creating XTC 2&3”, much of that information came as a direct result of wise counsel of biologists working with our nutritionist and ruminant specialists. The scope of responsibilities a wildlife biologist carries truly is staggering and that scope carries well beyond that of whitetails. However, for our purposes we will focus on that specific and valuable input.
Wildlife biologist spend a tremendous amount of time in the field making observations, collecting data, performing specific experiments measuring environment and impact of predators, disease, forage availability, herd densities and more. They spend an equal and exhausting amount of time back at the lab and in their offices crunching numbers and generating statistical data that can be used to better manage our precious natural resources.
Our nutritionist and ruminant specialist use the data gathered by wildlife biologists to decipher the dietary value of the food consumed by whitetails based on the biodiversity of forage available within that area. In any one area they will perform hundreds of dissections of deer stomachs to verify exactly what is being consumed at the time of death. Not a very glorious job, but an important piece of work.
In addition to dietary data collection, it is the work of the wildlife biologist that allows us to understand how deer grow and change throughout the seasons, and the requirements for survival needed to adapt and thrive through those seasons and circumstances.
Some of the most crucial information received from our biologists was not about deer at all. It was the information concerning the EHD causing “biting midge flies”, fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, arterial parasites. Understanding these disease causing and nutrient robbing pests and how they affect our herds was critical in formulating XTC to combat these challenges.
Certainly we can’t claim to have eliminated all the risks associated with these pests, but we have worked very hard to find and incorporate palatable quantities of safe and natural ingredients to help deter those pests. Whitetail XTC’s Xtreme Tine Candy isn’t the end of detrimental diseases that affect your herd, but it is your first line of defense if made readily available throughout the year in order to maintain sustainable levels of natural defense.