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.

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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This Strange Buck Had Five Legs

Just like people and other animals, whitetails are subject to birth defects and genetic deformities of many kinds. The buck shown above carried one of the stranger deformities we’ve ever seen. QDMA founder Joe Hamilton has this photo of a five-legged deer in his collection that comes from his many years of working with whitetails. The …

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The Magic & Myths of Fawns

I always look forward to seeing the first newborn fawn of the year. Without fail, social media will begin to fill with pictures of these beautiful, wobbly-legged creatures, and understandably so. Very few things in nature are as beautiful as a newborn fawn in a lush, green field. But these photos are often accompanied by …

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Kip’s Korner: Antler Facts

It was late March in northern Pennsylvania before the snow had finally receded enough to let me get in the shed hunting game. My kids and I went for the first time on March 25. The first food plot we checked was 90 percent covered in snow, but the second, third and fourth plots were mostly snow …

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EHD and CWD: What’s the Difference?

The two most significant diseases affecting whitetails today are hemorrhagic disease (EHD and bluetongue) and chronic wasting disease (CWD). Many people confuse the two. Here’s a quick guide to the major differences between EHD and CWD. And be sure to learn the 10 reasons you don’t want CWD in your woods.