Why Are These 3 Whitetail Bucks So Different in Size?

“He’s a good buck for the area.” My guess is you have heard this phrase many times and may have even said it yourself. It’s a well-intentioned congratulatory statement to someone who has taken an exceptional buck, but it carries a less than exemplary accolade. What’s often implied when we say a buck is good …

Read More

Aflatoxin in Corn Harms Deer and Turkeys. These 3 Steps Prevent Trouble.

Many avid hunters want to support a healthy deer population, and some try to do this by providing supplemental feed. There are potential positive impacts from a properly conducted supplemental feeding program, but there are also risks, even under the best of conditions. One risk is toxins produced by fungi.  Aflatoxins are toxic chemicals produced …

Read More

Melanistic Whitetails: How Rare Are Black Deer?

This article was updated on May 16, 2022. Each fall, deer hunters see or harvest albino or piebald whitetails and discuss what a rare occurrence that is. But an even greater rarity exists: melanistic whitetails. Melanistic whitetails are a true gem of whitetail color morphs. With very low odds for this genetic mutation and low …

Read More

Don’t Move That Fawn

It seems like every spring I see a post on social media by someone with a fawn they “rescued” because they found it lying alone in the grass, seemingly frightened. I politely inform them that although their heart is in the right place, they are likely doing more harm than good. Here are some valuable …

Read More

CWD Roundup – May 2022

CWD Roundup is the National Deer Association’s (NDA) bi-monthly update on all things chronic wasting disease (CWD). We’ll provide the latest updates on CWD spread, research and policy from across North America. Updates are provided alphabetically by state and province. Alabama In early March, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announced that …

Read More