What Good Are Deer Whiskers?

Although deer are among the most studied mammals, there are many questions that have yet to be answered. One such question is right under our nose – or, more accurately, right beside theirs. We are referring to “deer whiskers.” Also known as vibrissae, these long specialized hairs are located in complex patterns around a white-tailed …

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Weird Whitetail Buck Had a Mane!

When I opened an e-mail from QDMA member Tony Smith of Wisconsin, I learned something new about whitetails: very rarely they grow manes of short, bristly hair on the backs of their necks. The photos above and below show a buck that Tony and his son Elliott named “Righty.” They photographed him in 2012 and …

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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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