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Deer Talk Now: Factors Affecting Whitetail Doe Dispersal

What affects doe dispersal, why does it happen, when does it happen and what effects does this movement have on your property and whitetail deer population? Hefty questions, aren’t they? But they’re questions hunters ask and want to know about, similar to those asked and answered in the first part of this two-part series...

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Deer Talk Now: The REAL Top 10 List of Best Deer Hunting States

When it comes to discussing the best and worst states for deer hunting, don’t rely on anecdotes and coffee shop chatter when you can get the facts on deer and deer hunting in the United States! From North to South, Dan Schmidt reveals the Top 10-plus deer hunting states and explains why they’re that strong...

Albino Deer

Just How Rare are Albino Deer?

Not all deer are born equal. Especially the ones that stand out like beacons in the night! Here’s a look at what just might be one of the most fascinating deer roaming southeastern Wisconsin this spring. by Daniel E. Schmidt These very cool photos today come compliments of my niece and her husband, Andrea...

Some Northern deer hunters will be hard pressed to see adult bucks in the next few seasons. In some areas, three entire age classes will be affected by the past two brutal winters. (D&DH photo)

Deer Hunting Predictions for 2014 and Beyond

If you thought last year was slim pickings for seeing adult bucks on the land you hunt, you’re probably not going to like what’s in store for this year and beyond. Deer and Deer Hunting Editor Dan Schmidt provides his predictions for Northern whitetail hunters for 2014 and beyond. As we exit our worst...

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February Deer Hunting Could Expand, Based on Data and Biology

Alabama deer hunters watched in dismay for years as counterparts in northwest Florida and southeast Mississippi hunted into February during the peak of the rut. The season always ended Jan. 31 in Alabama, no matter what. No zones, no extension into February despite hunters’ proclaiming they were seeing chasing and breeding activity well into...

Texas Mule Deer

Texas Confirms CWD in Deer

Samples from two mule deer recently taken in far West Texas have been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. These are the first cases of CWD detected in Texas deer. Wildlife officials believe the event is currently isolated in a remote part of the state near the New Mexico border. The Texas Parks and...

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Leave Fawns Alone in the Wild

With the official beginning of summer, white-tailed deer fawns begin to appear in Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks advises people to leave them alone. “In late June we begin to receive a large number of calls and reports that someone has found a fawn” said William T. McKinley, MDWFP...

Spring is the Key to Deer Nutrition

At the end of winter, as day length increases, the whitetail’s physiology and behavior change markedly. Deer become much more active in March, and, given the opportunity, increase food consumption. The rise in activity is presumably associated with an increase in thyroid function and rising metabolism. This springtime increase in deer activity typically occurs...