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Some Piebald Deer Suffer Fatal Deformities

Mar 23, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Piebald deer are the result of a rare genetic trait that causes a mix of white hair patches among patches of the normal “brown” deer color. The genetic mutation causes these patches of skin to…

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Can Science Breed CWD Out of Deer? Not Likely

Mar 22, 2022 Patrick Durkin

Pennsylvania’s state veterinarian thinks the best hope for controlling chronic wasting disease is to identify and selectively breed deer least susceptible to the fatal illness and slowly change the species’ gene pool until all herds…

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Understanding State Agency Efforts to Control the Spread of CWD

Mar 9, 2022 Miranda Huang, Steve Demarais, and Bronson Strickland

One thing 2020 has taught us is that new diseases can change everything. The COVID-19 virus started in wildlife, spread to humans in every corner of the world, caused a massive health crisis, and impacted…

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The Biggest Buck Harvest in 21 Years

Jan 26, 2022 NDA Staff

Deer hunters in the United States harvested an estimated 6.3 million white-tailed deer in the 2020-21 hunting season, the most since 2011, according to the National Deer Association’s latest Deer Report released this week. Harvests…

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Where Do Deer Sleep?

Jan 18, 2022 Kip Adams

Where do deer sleep? The quick answer is, “anywhere they want.” Deer sleep anywhere they bed and may do so singly or in groups. However, during daylight it’s far more common for deer to sleep…

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How Many Fawns Does the Average Buck Produce?

Dec 15, 2021 Randy DeYoung

Forty-two is the number that comes to my mind when I’m asked this question, but not because it’s accurate or has anything to do with deer. Instead, “42” is the line from Hitchhiker’s Guide to…

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The Science of the Second Rut

Dec 8, 2021 Cheyne Matzenbacher

I hit the grunt call three times, and within minutes a nice mature buck jumped the fence and came in with his ears laid back in search of whatever buck just made that sound in…

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Anatomy of a Whitetail Tarsal Gland

Nov 17, 2021 Matt Ross

Of the seven glands that deer use to communicate with one another, hunters are probably most familiar with the tarsal gland and its role when deer make a scrape. But have you ever wondered exactly…

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