How to Conduct a Spring Pellet Count

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The snow is gone, and that means it’s time to collect some data on the deer herd. How many does should you shoot this fall? Take the first step to answering that now with a spring pellet survey. This is not a camera survey – I’ll do that this summer. This is not an observation …

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When Doe Fawns Breed, It’s a Good Sign

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Some doe fawns breed and conceive in their first fall, at around six to eight months of age. The percentage that do this is determined by nutrition – they attain sexual maturity if they reach a specific weight threshold. In general, southern fawns reach it at approximately 70 pounds and northern fawns at approximately 80 …

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Scattered EHD Outbreaks Reported in 2015

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Even in a mild year for EHD and bluetongue viruses, which 2015 appears to be, there are always a few dead deer to be found. The dying buck in the photo above, photographed on September 1 by Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife biologist Joe Lacefield, was found struggling to get past this fence in …

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VIDEO: 5 Tips for Better Deer Camera Surveys

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A 14-day trail-camera survey can reveal tons of great information about a local deer herd that will guide you in your Quality Deer Management efforts, not to mention your hunting success. In this video, I share five tips for producing better results that I’ve learned from running my own annual surveys. Review the complete trail-camera survey …

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What I Learned From Ancient Whitetail Does

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It was 1993, and Bill Clinton was sworn in as President. Jurassic Park was released. The premier issue of Quality Whitetails magazine was sent to QDMA members, and a whitetail doe was born in rural Washington County, New York. Though three of these four events likely evoke a memory or have some meaning for you, the last one stands out and …

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