The 20 Biggest Deer Research Discoveries of the Last Decade

I had the pleasure of giving one of the educational seminars at NDA’s Whitetail Weekend this spring, right before all heck broke loose with COVID-19. My talk led day one and was entitled the 20 Biggest Deer Research Discoveries of the Last Decade. I poured my heart into it, diving deep into the deer research …

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Meet the 7 Glands of the Whitetail — and a Bonus Organ!

Many deer hunters are familiar with a deer’s tarsal glands and the role it plays in communication during the rut. However, that’s not the only gland whitetails use to communicate with one another. The infographic below takes a look at the seven glands of a white-tailed deer, and one lesser-known organ, and the function of …

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If You Pass a Mature Buck, Will He Grow Bigger Antlers?

You’ve got a 5½-year-old buck standing broadside in your sights, and he’s yours to take home with you if you want him. He’s heavy-bodied, fully mature and carries a large rack of antlers. But as you prepare to pull the trigger, a question enters your mind: Will he grow larger antlers next year? Perhaps your …

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A New Clue in the Unsolved Mystery of Bullwinkle Deer

We now know the guilty bacteria causing the condition that for at least 18 years has been transforming a few, rare, unlucky whitetails into Bullwinkle Deer. But that’s about all we know. Mannheimia granulomatis is confirmed as the bacteria that causes the inflammation, so the moose-like swelling of the faces of the victims is a …

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Reverse-facing Lightbar Helps Reduce Deer Vehicle Accidents

Many areas within the whitetail’s range have abundant deer herds.  As amazing as whitetails are, they can unfortunately cause damage to forests, agricultural crops, landscaping and especially to vehicles.  State Farm Insurance estimates drivers had over 1.9 million deer vehicle accidents (DVAs) from 2018-19.  My home state of Pennsylvania routinely leads the nation in DVAs, …

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