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NDA’s Deer Report Finds 88% of U.S. Whitetail Harvest Occurs on Private Land

Jan 25, 2023 NDA Staff

An average of 88% of state white-tailed deer harvests occur on private land, according to the National Deer Association’s latest Deer Report, released this week. Texas reported the highest rate of private-land deer harvest at…

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Food Plots, Feed or Fire: The Real Costs Per Pound of Deer Forage

Jan 18, 2023 Dr. Marcus Lashley and Jordan Nanney

Prescribed fire is one of the most useful deer habitat management tools. In our experience, members of the National Deer Association are well-versed at this point in prescribed fire’s benefits. However, there are still some…

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Is Craig Harper’s FSI Cocktail Safe for Non-Target Trees?

Jan 9, 2023 NDA Staff

You can quickly restore sunlight to a closed-canopy forest to fuel deer forage production – a technique called “Forest Stand Improvement” (FSI). We recommend girdling and spraying select trees to kill them standing using an…

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CWD Roundup – January 2023

Jan 4, 2023 Torin Miller

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…

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Action Alert: Support Science-Based Wildlife Management in Mississippi

Jan 27, 2023 Torin Miller

Mississippi House Bill 998 (HB 998), which is endorsed by the National Deer Association (NDA), recently passed out of the House Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee. The bill provides that the wildlife in Mississippi belongs…

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TWRA Seeking Public Comments on Draft CWD Management Plan

Jan 25, 2023 Torin Miller

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is requesting public comments on a new five-year chronic wasting disease (CWD) strategic plan. The CWD Response and Management plan will serve as a guiding document for TWRA staff…

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Winning the War Against Feral Hogs With Alan Leary of Missouri

Jan 25, 2023 Brian Grossman

For decades feral hogs have been expanding their range, creating ecological havoc wherever they show up. Efforts to reduce or eradicate them from the landscape have been largely unsuccessful. However, there is one state that…

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Action Alert: Oppose Anti-Hunting Legislation in Connecticut

Jan 24, 2023 Amber Kornak

Connecticut House Bill 5138 (HB 5138) would authorize municipalities to prohibit the hunting and trapping of animals. Currently, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with establishing open and closed hunting and…

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In 1987, a wildlife biologist from South Carolina named Joe Hamilton was invited to speak to the Australian Deer Association.

Impressed with their organization, Joe returned to the United States with an idea for a similar group in South Carolina. Following a series of meetings in coastal South Carolina in 1988, a core group of volunteers outlined the framework of a new group that would become the QDMA.

By joining the National Deer Association, you’ll receive Quality Whitetails, the only deer hunting magazine that focuses on Quality Deer Management techniques, including food plots, habitat improvement, herd management, herd data collection, and other methods for improving the quality of your hunting. QDM leads to more adult bucks in the woods where you hunt, so Quality Whitetails also provides guidance on how to effectively hunt these older, wiser deer.

In-depth Information

While covers these same topics, Quality Whitetails goes into greater depth and detail on each subject. Award-winning wildlife photographers lend their whitetail imagery to articles written by the nation’s top experts in deer biology and habitat management – in a language that average deer hunters can understand and apply to their real-world hunting situations.

Popular departments like “Age This!” and “Food Plots” help keep your skills as a deer manager sharpened, and favorites like “Firepot Stories” provide the wit, wisdom and thought-provoking conversations like those you enjoy around your own campfire. Meanwhile, in-depth feature articles in every issue dig into the details of specific topics, going beyond the “101” level provided by most hunting magazines.

Why Are They Hiding?

When fawns are born, the mother takes several steps to carefully prepare the fawn for concealment from predators. First, the mother will take her time to clean the fawn to remove her own scent, but more importantly, she will actually consume the afterbirth, not only to reduce the risk of predation, but to recycle nutrients that are necessary for milk production. Within hours of birth, a fawn will begin to test its ability to walk, ultimately wobbling awkwardly along behind their mother on their way to the best available hiding spot. Once a safe distance away from the birthing spot, the fawn will instinctually lie down in cover. This all happens within about ten hours of birth. Quite the fast learner!

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The National Deer Association is the leading conservation organization dedicated to conserving North America’s favorite game animal.

We are hunters from all walks of life who share a passion for wild deer. We believe it is our responsibility to ensure the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. As the authority on all things deer, we blend the art of hunting with the science of management to create better deer and better deer hunting.

Fawns rely heavily on their mothers for the first several weeks, but you might be surprised how quickly they grow.

When Do They Stop Hiding? The early stages of development are extremely important to the overall survival of a fawn, so ensuring their safety by leaving them alone and not causing additional stress to the fawn or it’s mother is crucial.

Deer Reports

We hope our Deer Report helps you stay informed about the threats, concerns, successes and challenges that will shape wild deer’s immediate and long-term future – and that of deer hunting. If you appreciate the information found in our report, and you support our efforts to ensure the future of deer hunting, we hope you’ll consider supporting the NDA by becoming a member today. Thank you!

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