The Case of the Vanishing Wisconsin Deer Genetics

“We’ve got big whitetails because this area was restocked with deer from Wisconsin.” I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a statement like this one, and if you hunt in the South like I do, you’ve heard it too. There’s probably no genetic connection whatsoever between Wisconsin stockers and present-day deer, …

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Deer Hunting In June

I just got back from a deer hunt… in June. Wait – don’t dial the Turn-in-Poachers Hotline. I was the guest of University of Georgia researchers who were darting deer and fitting them with GPS-tracking collars so they can study their movements. Getting a first-hand look at deer research in the field was a blast, …

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Know the Signs of HD: Hemorrhagic Disease

During the summer of 2011, regional outbreaks of hemorrhagic disease (HD) in white-tailed deer stole the headlines throughout portions of the Unites States. This – occurring just four years after the HD epidemic in 2007, the worst year for the disease in at least 50 years – helped to affirm it as the most significant …

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Rub Lines and Hunting Success: Part 1

From years of running trail-camera surveys on individual managed properties, I’ve become a firm believer that harvest success is often the greatest limiting factor to overall perceptions of Quality Deer Management success. It is one thing to produce a “biologically successful” program with an older buck age structure through proper management practices. It is a …

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Will Dominant Bucks Dominate the Breeding?

“Do a handful of bucks sire the majority of the fawns?” This question is often followed with a series of questions, such as: “If the dominant buck in my area has narrow antlers, will I start seeing more narrow-antlered bucks?” Or… “If someone shoots the dominant buck early in the season will it upset the …

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