Adrianna’s First Deer: A Doe with Antlers

Driven by the memory of tasty venison dishes at her grandparent’s home, Adrianna Cockerill of Eastover, South Carolina, was determined to become a deer hunter and carry the family tradition of providing deer meat for the table. She didn’t hunt on August 15, opening day of the 2014 deer season in eastern South Carolina because …

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Mystery of Three-Legged Wisconsin Buck Solved

An interesting mystery has been solved, but the end of the story of an incredible Wisconsin buck is not entirely a happy one. The mysterious buck first appeared in QDMA member Todd Reabe’s trail-camera in November 2012. It appeared healthy except for one obvious problem: Its right hind leg had been crippled in some mishap …

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GPS Reveals Early Season Buck Movement Patterns

You hear it all the time: A hunter gets a bunch of trail-camera photos of a buck early in the season and then, poof, the deer pulls a Houdini and disappears for the rest of the season. How nice would it be to track his movements and know exactly where he went? Well, that’s what …

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New Data On Buck Home-Range Size by Age

In the October/November 2014 issue of Quality Whitetails, the magazine received by QDMA members, deer researcher Clint McCoy shared what he learned about the effects of hunting pressure on buck movements. For his graduate-level research, he tracked the fine-scale movements of 37 different bucks wearing GPS collars on a 6,400-acre hunting site in South Carolina. …

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Dream Bucks: A Look at Whitetail Sleep Habits

Do whitetails sleep? The quick answer is, “Yes.” In fact, all birds and mammals sleep. Some species such as cattle, horses and sheep may even sleep standing up. The mechanisms of sleep are fairly well established, but the exact reason(s) animals sleep is less clear. Decades of research have only produced clues to the true …

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