5 Reasons to Take Does Early

When the density of deer where you hunt exceeds the ability of the habitat to support those deer in healthy condition, it’s time to take an appropriate number of does to bring balance (and balance is reached faster if you increase habitat quality at the same time). Lots of questions usually follow this statement, and …

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Fawn Survival Research: The Culprit Revealed!

I was really impressed by the number of people who shared their thoughts on identifying the potential predator that killed one of our fawns in our research project. To those of you who commented on that last post, many thanks! Now, let’s talk about the culprit. To review the facts, a severed fawn head was …

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Fawn Survival Research: What Killed This Fawn?

There is a critical window early in the lives of fawns when they are highly vulnerable to being killed by predators. After they reach a certain age they can outrun most anything, but until then we as deer researchers must monitor them closely, because death in the form of a predator could appear at any …

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Which Bucks Can I Shoot?

Imagine an old friend joins you for a weekend hunt on your QDM lands. The night before the hunt commences, your friend asks an important question: “Which bucks can I shoot?” For you, this is an easy question. You’ve hunted here for several seasons, followed bucks in trail-camera photos, killed deer and pulled jawbones. You …

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Fawn Survival Research: Fawn Sanctuaries?

Is it possible to create a predator-free sanctuary where whitetail does can give birth and raise fawns? If so, would whitetail does recognize and use this safe labor-and-delivery area? Consider what happened recently in the UGA Deer Lab’s ongoing fawn-survival research. As you know if you’ve been following my series of real-time reports from the …

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