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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Anatomy of a Whitetail Tarsal Gland

Of the seven glands that deer use to communicate with one another, hunters are probably most familiar with the tarsal gland and its role when deer make a scrape. But have you ever wondered exactly how the tarsal gland works, or how it can stink so bad? The infographic below takes a look at the …

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