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.

So Your Deer Has Warts. Should You Eat It?

Each year, hunters across the whitetail’s range encounter deer with “warts,” like the buck in the photo above, sent to us by QDMA member Evan Heusinkveld. The growths on these deer are cutaneous fibromas and are caused by a papilloma virus. Cutaneous fibromas are hairless tumors that can be found on any part of the …

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Deer Can See You Even When They’re Eating

Here’s a fun and cool experiment in deer biology: the next time you sit down to a meal, first look around for any potential threats, like predators or fire or your loudmouthed Uncle Floyd who wants to join your hunting club. All safe? Next, bend your head down and press your nose to your biscuit, …

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Did This Doe Have Six Fawns?

QDMA member Shawn Koontz of Pennsylvania captured some phenomenal trail-camera photos on July 13, and he asked me about them. The photos show an adult doe in the company of six fawns (one of them is difficult to see but is standing behind the doe). Did this doe give birth to six fawns? Given the …

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When Do Fawns Begin Eating Natural Forage?

This great photo of a young fawn taking a bite of hopclover was captured by Vermont forester and wildlife expert Susan C. Morse and it helps answer an interesting question about fawns: When do they wean off milk and onto plants and other forage? Let’s look at the timeline of fawn development. Most fawns are born …

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Can Ticks Kill Fawns?

A Missouri fawn photographed on June 1 by QDMA’s Midwest Regional Director, Sam Leatherman, is a reminder of the impacts parasites can have on deer. The fawn can only be a few days old, yet its eyes and ears are already encrusted with ticks. People who witness fawns in this situation often ask QDMA whether …

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