Burning Questions: Can Fire Reduce Tick Abundance?

I start itching as soon as I begin reviewing trail-camera images taken this summer at QDMA Headquarters. Deer at this suburban Georgia site are seething with ticks. Look at the ears of the poor doe in the photo above. Bucks are covered too, and many of them have ticks latched onto their growing antlers. I’ve …

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Mapping Antler Expectations

All wildlife biologists learn in their first ecology class about a relationship called Bergmann’s Rule: within a species, or group of similar species, body size increases with latitude from south to north. It’s assumed this adaptation is related to thermoregulation in extremely cold and warm environments. The bigger your body is in a cold environment, …

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When Bucks Don’t Shed Their Velvet

The hunt on Saturday November 9, 2013, was a heart-breaker for Ryne Wade of Marion, Illinois. A huge buck he had been after was in bow range when a doe winded Ryne and spoiled the opportunity. But the next morning presented another unusual opportunity when, after a brief staring contest, Ryne found himself drawing on …

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Weird Buck Won’t Shed His Antler

Keith Corley kept his trail-cameras out through winter and spring this year on his East Texas hunting land so he could watch the progress of antler shedding and regrowth while also keeping an eye on feral hog numbers. He ended up witnessing something he never expected to see. One buck in particular held onto his …

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Did This Buck Have a Brain Abscess?

As a graduate student currently studying white-tailed deer at the University of Georgia Deer Lab, I am amazed at how many opportunities I get to learn something new from colleagues, coworkers and friends who are all interested in deer. You may remember from my previous articles that my graduate project involves looking at the effects …

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