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How You Can Help Minimize Fawn Mortality

As with most mammals, white-tailed deer tend to produce more young than can be expected to survive. Although the reasons vary regionally, a high proportion of fawns born each year fail to survive to weaning age. In some cases, formerly overabundant deer populations have stabilized, if not declined, principally because of recent increases in...

Florida DMU Panhandle zones

State Commission Proposes More Deer Regulations

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a draft proposal that would divide the state’s Hunting Zone D into two deer management units, each with its own unique set of deer antler-point regulations and antlerless deer harvest days. The Commission met Nov. 20 in Weston as part of its annual slate of meetings....

Deer Talk Now

Expert Secrets on Sanctuaries, Security for Your Deer

Veteran big buck hunter Don Higgins believes in providing sanctuaries for deer because it gives them security, comfort and keeps hunters from bothering them when the sanctity of the area is preserved. If you’re limited in the amount of land you own or hunt, don’t fret. There still may be a chance to give...

Jeff Neal's inexpensive deer feeder will last for several years and hold about 250 pounds of food. (DDH Photo: Alan Clemons)

How to Build an Inexpensive, Durable Deer Feeder

  Jeff Neal has tried a variety of different feeders for his property in southeast Ohio, everything from spincast models on tripods and hangers to gravity-style feeders like the very cool Feed Bank from Banks Outdoors. Neal is Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Kalmbach Feeds, which produces the line of Heartland Wildlife...

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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...