The Biggest Buck Harvest in 21 Years

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 of both antlered bucks and antlerless deer were up over the 2019 season, but the estimated buck harvest of 3,041,544 …

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Where Do Deer Sleep?

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 in heavy cover where they feel secure. When they sleep, deer will tuck their nose under their hind legs during …

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CWD Roundup – January 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. Arkansas In early December, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) confirmed that a hunter-harvested …

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How Many Fawns Does the Average Buck Produce?

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 the Galaxy, the answer to “….the ultimate question, the meaning of life, the universe and everything….”.  I know, it sounds …

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The Science of the Second Rut

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 his area. He was focused just like a rutting buck in November, but this was Christmas Eve, well beyond the …

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