Anatomy of a Whitetail Tarsal Gland

Of the seven glands that deer use to communicate with one another, hunters are probably most familiar with the tarsal gland and its role when deer make a scrape. But have you ever wondered exactly how the tarsal gland works, or how it can stink so bad? The infographic below takes a look at the …

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CWD Roundup – November 2021

CWD Roundup is the National Deer Association’s (NDA) bi-monthly update on all things chronic wasting disease (CWD). We’ll provide the latest updates on CWD spread, research and policy from across North America. Updates are provided alphabetically by state and province. Hunting Season Updates A general trend that we’ve seen over the last two months is …

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The Mysterious Adventure of an Exceptional Buck

It’s difficult to trap a good deer scientist. They leave themselves room to maneuver when you ask them for certainty about deer behavior, a sort of scientific CYA. Good deer scientists say “usually” instead of “always” and “rarely” instead of “never.” When a good “yes” or “no” is what you desire, they say “It depends.” …

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Should You Shoot a Deer Wearing a Tracking Collar?

Our knowledge of deer behavior and biology, and our ability to hunt and manage deer effectively, expands all the time thanks to the remote tracking collar. You’ve seen their movements as dots on a satellite map of far-away locations. But what if a deer wearing one of them stepped out of spreadsheet data into the food …

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