Fawn Survival Research: What Killed This Fawn?

There is a critical window early in the lives of fawns when they are highly vulnerable to being killed by predators. After they reach a certain age they can outrun most anything, but until then we as deer researchers must monitor them closely, because death in the form of a predator could appear at any …

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Which Bucks Can I Shoot?

Imagine an old friend joins you for a weekend hunt on your QDM lands. The night before the hunt commences, your friend asks an important question: “Which bucks can I shoot?” For you, this is an easy question. You’ve hunted here for several seasons, followed bucks in trail-camera photos, killed deer and pulled jawbones. You …

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Fawn Survival Research: Fawn Sanctuaries?

Is it possible to create a predator-free sanctuary where whitetail does can give birth and raise fawns? If so, would whitetail does recognize and use this safe labor-and-delivery area? Consider what happened recently in the UGA Deer Lab’s ongoing fawn-survival research. As you know if you’ve been following my series of real-time reports from the …

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Fawn Survival Research: When Predators Arrive First

As predicted, things have really picked up in our fawn-survival research, and we have reached what I perceive to be peak fawning season at the Jones Center in Georgia. Our technicians have been working tirelessly to monitor our radio-collared fawns, catch more fawns, and monitor the vaginal implant transmitters (VITs) still deployed in our remaining …

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Fawn Survival Research: How to Capture a Fawn

We’re about to reach a busy time period in our fawn-survival research at Ichauway, and before I begin reporting on the actual field work, I thought I would give you a look at the planning and care that must go into capturing and handling wild fawns. (Read the first installment in Melinda Nelson’s series on …

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