Harry Potter’s Bezoars Are Found in Deer, Too

If Hermione Granger found a bezoar while field-dressing a whitetail, she’d know what to do with it, and so do you if you’re a Harry Potter fan. Save it, of course, to use as an antidote against poison. The magical properties of bezoars are entirely fictional, but bezoars are not. Professor Snape didn’t supply complete information …

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33 Fascinating Findings From Deer Research

Each year, QDMA attends the meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group, a subcommittee of The Wildlife Society (an association of professional wildlife biologists), that has been gathering for 35 years to share and discuss the latest results of their ongoing deer research. Even though it’s named “Southeast,” speakers and researchers from all over North …

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Crash Diets: One Price of Being a Buck

How tough is the rut on whitetail bucks? Extremely tough – at least for bucks with normal testosterone levels that participate in breeding competition. In addition to being pushed, pulled, poked, prodded and occasionally gored, most bucks also spend a lot of time on the go, and they can cover many miles during the course of …

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Why Did This Buck Have Such Long Hooves?

I received an email from QDMA member Justin Forsten of Louisiana, a Level II QDMA Deer Steward, who sent some interesting photos and a note: Hey guys hope you all are doing well and either had or are having a great season! I wanted you all to take a look at the hooves of a buck I …

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The Mysterious Bullwinkle Deer

Whitetails are hardened survivors. They thrive despite predators, highways, heat waves, blizzards, floods, drought and poachers with spotlights. They get hung in fences, fall down old wells, and crash through plate-glass windows. They snag their antlers on our garbage, including buckets, basketballs and barbed wire. They collect tumors, warts, brain infections and blood-sucking parasites. But …

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