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afourteengeorgia

Just How Many Deer Should a State Have?

How many white-tailed deer should we have in Georgia? The answer varies depending on whom you ask. Management of Georgia’s white-tailed deer herd can be a challenging and, at times, controversial topic. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), the white-tailed deer is Georgia’s most popular game species. Currently,...

Pennsylvania hunters are being asked to help with a new deer-forest research study.

Hunters’ Help Critical for Deer-Forest Study

You can take a deer out of the forest, but you can’t take the forest out of deer management – the two are too closely linked. Forests provide food and cover for deer and other wildlife. And deer, as primary consumers of forest plants, can impact forest health and, thus, their own habitat and...

Vermont

More Older Bucks, Thanks to Restrictions?

Vermont has more older bucks in its deer population as a result of the antler point restriction that went into effect in 2005. Hunters should feel upbeat about the state’s deer hunting seasons this year, according to Vermont deer biologist Adam Murkowski. “Vermont’s deer herd has benefitted from two relatively mild winters in a...

To have a better chance at a personal best whitetail buck, you may need to rethink your ideas about the deer's core area and travel during the peak of the rut.

Movements of Rutting Whitetail Bucks Rut Are Revealed

Except for the extreme south Florida area, the whitetail rut we hunters recognize — scrapes, chasing, breeding — is still a few weeks away for most of the country. Bucks have shed their velvet, are or will be soon splitting up from bachelor groups, and then everything goes into full-blown crazy mode. Check out...

Antlerless Permits Popular, State Changing Application Deadline

Pennsylvanians who line up to purchase new hunting licenses as soon as they go on sale often are driven by a desire to obtain special property-specific permits to hunt and harvest antlerless deer. The only problem is that those permits, issued as part of the Deer Management Assistance Program, or DMAP, in some cases...

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Land Cooperatives: Solution to Small-Property Limitations

One of the most common questions I hear is, “Can I really manage like you say on my small property?” Most of the time, that’s uttered by someone who owns less than 200 acres, and the simple answer is, “Yes.” But it’s also based on having realistic expectations. Can you truly affect a herd’s...

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Some Cry Foul, Say Too Much Promotion of Hunting

In the age-old battle between hunters and non-hunters, the latest cries of “They’re promoting that too much!” are coming from a midwestern state where both sides have battered the state conservation department for years. Wisconsin’s wildlife agency and governor are the latest being pummeled by the non- and anti-hunters who say promotion of hunting...

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Legislators Urge Changes to Deer Reporting System, Wildlife Agency Complies

After consultation with the Alabama Legislature, the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board and Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. have agreed to a legislative amendment which will give hunters additional time to report deer and turkey harvests under the new Game Check system. Citing concerns from hunters about the proposed 24-hour deadline under Game Check...