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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Oldest Deer on Earth

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 go see if we can outwit them. Why we prize venison among the most sublime and desirable meats. Why we …

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9 CWD Commenters We Can Ignore

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, know-it-alls, bullies, bots, conspiracy theorists and other toxic personality types. They post their hot takes where all of us can …

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