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.

Should You Shoot a Deer Wearing a Tracking Collar?

Sep 29, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Our knowledge of deer behavior and biology, and our ability to hunt and manage deer effectively, expands all the time thanks to the remote tracking collar. You’ve seen their movements as dots on a satellite map…

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Why Are Bucks in Front of Everyone’s Cameras But Yours?

Aug 4, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

The parade of social-media bucks is underway. Every day now, more trail-cameras are appearing in the woods, and so are the photos they capture, especially big bucks in velvet and big bachelor groups of bucks…

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10 Highlights From New Deer Science You Can Use

Jul 14, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

  The Southeast Deer Study Group meeting was one of the last in-person gatherings I attended in 2020 before the pandemic hit, and it looked for a while as if COVID-19 would prevent the 2021…

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Deer Mange Looks Bad. Is It A Concern for Deer Populations?

Jul 7, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Got the itch for deer season? If not, this recent photo of a doe with mange ought to get you scratching. The photo above, taken on July 1 in Alabama, shows a classic case of…

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Deer Instincts Can Trigger Weird Behaviors, Like This Doe Eating a Dead Fawn

Jun 29, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

A lot of deer behavior is pre-programmed, not learned. The way they react to certain stimuli is instinctual as a result of millions of years of testing, with death serving as an effective cancellation of…

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The Science of Fawn Survival: Leave It Where You Found It

May 7, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

So, you found an abandoned fawn and you’re wondering what to do with it. You may have even rescued it, and now that you brought it home you are wondering who to call. Is there…

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An Unusual Buck Skull Shows Us the Starting Line for Antler Growth

Mar 10, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

  Even as we are hunting for and collecting them this winter and spring, new ones are already growing for us to hunt next year – although we’re all hoping to collect some of those…

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4 Lessons About Antlers and Deer Age from a Simple Chart

Mar 2, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

It’s difficult to overstate the value of this chart for anyone trying to improve their deer hunting. It was produced by New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for their annual deer harvest summary, and…

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Freak Buck Had Corneal Dermoids. Yes, Hairy Eyeballs.

Feb 17, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

In the first 6 months that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offered a new “Report Sick Deer” button on their website, the hotline netted one of the weirdest sick whitetails in history, one of only…

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Deer Habitat in a Squirt Bottle part 2: Tools, Teams and Techniques

Jan 27, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Removing surplus or non-native trees and shrubs to restore sunlight to the ground, fueling a rebirth of deer forage and cover, is a great way to rapidly improve deer habitat. Dr. Craig Harper of the…

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