whitetail deer

Must-Watch Video: What This Buck Does Makes No Sense

What’s the closest encounter you’ve ever had with a whitetail deer? Ten or 15 feet, maybe closer? What about a buck following your trail and coming in to sniff your stand while you’re standing above looking down at it? Deer are curious, entertaining and sometimes perplexing creatures. Whether we’re watching them in spring and...

How Effective Are Deer Whistles to Avoid Vehicle Collisions?

Do the bumper-mounted deer whistles sold to help alert whitetails really work? I’ve never been involved in a deer-vehicle accident — knock on wood — despite having driven for more than 57 years. Had a few close calls, but have never hit one; hope I never do. According to Utah State University professor Michael...

Folks, Quit Messin’ Around with the Fawns and Wildlife

It’s that time of year when state wildlife agencies send out press releases urging folks to leave “abandoned” or “orphaned” deer fawns and other wildlife alone if they find them in the wild. It’s that time of year when folks at wildlife facilities and organizations get telephone calls or emails about finding a fawn...

Three Plead Guilty to Beating Deer to Death in Truck

Three men from Georgia pled guilty and were sentenced in Stuttgart (Ark.) District Court last Thursday on charges stemming from a video of one man beating a deer in the back of a sport utility vehicle. The video, posted to social media in late January, quickly went viral, garnering thousands of views in a...

Ohio DNR Names Ray Petering as Top Official

Veteran wildlife management expert Ray Petering has been named chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife. Petering assumed his new position Nov. 16. He retired from the ODNR Division of Wildlife in 2011 as the acting assistant chief and executive administrator in the fish management and research section. He has...

Stroke! Stroke! Big Bucks Lead Herd of Swimming Deer

Did you know that deer can swim and are pretty doggone good at it? It seems strange that a long-legged deer with cloven hooves could easily swim and maneuver in water, but they can. Even big bucks, like the ones leading this herd of deer across a slough in Alabama in 2014. Deer that...

That Deer’s not Orphaned, so Just Leave it Alone

It’s the time of year when state wildlife agencies start sending out press releases about “orphaned” fawns and wildlife as reminders to leave them alone. It’s not a bad idea to do that, either. Too many folks with the bleeding-heart Disney Bambi Complex think they need to “save” everything cute and furry, including white-tailed...

What Will Tracking Collars Reveal about these Deer?

A lot of deer hunters through the years have wondered where deer go after they see them a few times on game cameras in summer or during the season when they see one a few times. We joke around about them hiding until after the season ends or running to the next county because...