By: Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Lindsay Thomas Jr. is the editor of Quality Whitetails magazine, the journal of the National Deer Association, and he is NDA's Chief Communications Officer. He has been a member of the staff since 2003. Prior to that, Lindsay was an editor at a Georgia hunting and fishing news magazine for nine years. Throughout his career as an editor, he has written and published numerous articles on deer management and hunting. He earned his journalism degree at the University of Georgia.

Do Whitetail Bucks Ever Mate With Their Own Doe Offspring?

Nov 16, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

The whitetail rut is a frenzied scramble. Literally, that’s the biological term for the whitetail breeding strategy – “scramble competition” – because a buck’s success at breeding does is determined mostly by his ability to…

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NDA’s Guide to the Whitetail Rut

Nov 4, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

The whitetail rut is the most exciting time of the season for deer hunters, and it’s also a time when the NDA receives a lot of questions about this important season in the whitetail’s year….

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What We Learned From a Buck With No Eyes

Oct 12, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Deer scientists have known for decades about the powerful influence of light on deer behavior and physical characteristics like antler growth. Early theories about latitude affecting things like rut timing were close – but incorrect….

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The Case of the Green Slime in My Venison

Sep 28, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Over years of processing my own deer at home, I’ve learned my way around deer anatomy and seen a lot of odd and interesting things. But in January 2022, while breaking down the hindquarter of…

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How to Hunt Food Plots: Maybe Don’t

Sep 21, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

You worked hard to prepare that fall food plot, from filling the first soil-sample baggie to the final roll of the cultipacker, leaking drops of sweat onto the Earth the whole way. Now a green…

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What Does a Deer With CWD Look Like?

Sep 14, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Can you tell if a deer has CWD just by looking at it? In this new video, NDA takes a look at several examples of wild deer in trail-camera and harvest photos to show you…

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To Hear More Gobblers, Stop the Squeal

Aug 24, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

If there are feral hogs in the woods you hunt, there may not be as many wild turkeys as there could be. Hogs have previously been named among many suspects for causing the recent national decline…

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The Oldest Deer on Earth

Apr 20, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

There’s a good reason we admire whitetails so much. Why we write about, paint and photograph them, hang them on our walls, and spend all year waiting for the day we can rise early and…

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9 CWD Commenters We Can Ignore

Apr 6, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Despite the continual advancement of internet technology, we’ve failed to improve one particular area of websites and social media. Like a forest full of noxious invasive plants, “comments” remain a polluted ecosystem overrun by trolls,…

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What to Feed Deer in Winter | And What NOT to Feed!

Mar 24, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

This article was updated on March 24, 2022 The 30 most critical days for winter deer survival have a name, and it is March. Deer have a limited supply of fat reserves to carry them…

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