Whitetails are the most studied – and hunted – wildlife species in North America. QDMA helps fund scientific research that can help you be a more effective hunter and deer manager, and we’ll share the latest knowledge with our members.

A Look Inside Piebald Deer

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Missy Runyan, a wildlife rehabilitator in Hunter, New York, responded to a call about a fawn in distress on May 24 of this year and found an almost completely white, piebald fawn with severe birth defects. Due to significant internal problems, the fawn did not live long, but Missy had it x-rayed to get an …

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Something Big is Eating Feral Hogs and Hawking Up Hairballs

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Over my 20-year career as a wildlife biologist, I have run across my share of odd and puzzling things in the woods. Possibly the oddest was a whole parachute I found in a deer’s stomach. Yes, I said parachute! While field-dressing a deer harvested on a military base, I noticed its stomach was abnormally large and …

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Where Do Northern Deer Find Water in Winter?

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Follow Matt on Instagram. Winter Water Requirements of WhitetailsHow do northern whitetails quench their thirst in winter when all of the water is frozen? This was an #AskQDMA question we received from a QDMA member, and our own Matt Ross of New York provides the answer in this quick video. Posted by The Quality Deer …

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Defend, Display or Duel: What Are Antlers Good For?

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Antlers are like the beards on guys at hunting camp – they are secondary sexual characteristics that separate females and males but don’t directly contribute to reproduction. So, why exactly do bucks grow them?  There are four main theories as to why bucks grow antlers. According to noted deer researchers Drs. Steve Demarais and Bronson …

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Deer Have Heart Bones?

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In the 1980s, I read an article praising the resiliency of the white-tailed deer. No doubt, whitetails possess an uncanny ability to ward off, or at least endure, many diseases and parasites. They also have a well-deserved reputation for rebounding from seemingly life-threatening injuries. The author of that article fancied himself somewhat of an expert …

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