Whitetails are the most studied – and hunted – wildlife species in North America. The National Deer Association helps fund scientific research that can help you be a more effective hunter and deer manager, and we’ll share the latest knowledge with our members.

CWD Roundup – March 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. Arkansas In mid-February, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) unanimously approved an update to …

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4 Lessons About Antlers and Deer Age from a Simple Chart

It’s difficult to overstate the value of this chart for anyone trying to improve their deer hunting. It was produced by New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for their annual deer harvest summary, and it shows gross antler score by age for nearly 3,000 bucks killed by New York hunters from 2015 to 2017, …

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The Strange Story Behind Finland’s White-tailed Deer

Being an avid hunter with an interest in both fowl and four-legged game, both large and small, I’ve enjoyed following the NDA through the years. Living and mainly hunting in Finland, it strikes me that I’ve never come across articles about whitetail populations outside North America. White-tailed deer have been exported to several locations through …

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Freak Buck Had Corneal Dermoids. Yes, Hairy Eyeballs.

In the first 6 months that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offered a new “Report Sick Deer” button on their website, the hotline netted one of the weirdest sick whitetails in history, one of only two known cases ever documented. I’ve reported on a lot of weird deer in my career as a hunting journalist, …

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9 Facts About Targeted Removal for Fighting CWD

As deer hunting seasons close around the nation each year, some wildlife agencies in states that are fighting outbreaks of chronic wasting disease (CWD) gear up for an effort to fight the disease through a technique known as post-season “targeted removal” or “targeted culling.” There is much misinformation about this approach, and deer hunters need …

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