Deer & Deer Hunting


White-tailed deer surveys are conducted to learn more about a given population of deer, such as deer abundance, adult sex ratio, fawn recruitment, buck age structure, and/or quality of bucks

Many local and state-level deer management decisions are driven by results from these surveys, and, consequently, it is important that surveys are as accurate as possible. Researchers have used many different tools to conduct aerial and ground-based deer surveys, including spotlights, thermal imagers, and game cameras; however, managers are continually seeking more efficient and cost-effective survey equipment.

Deer surveys are often extremely time consuming and expensive to conduct, and the development of more efficient methods that maintain a high level of accuracy are a win all around.

Recently, there has been rapidly growing interest in evaluating the utility of small unmanned aircraft, or drones, to conduct aerial surveys. Today’s drones are relatively affordable and user-friendly, and it just makes sense that we would

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Avoid A Common Peep Sight Pitfall
I have spent a considerable amount of time experimenting with peep sights through the years. I’ve tried all sorts of peep sight designs and aperture sizes. In the old days, we all used the original Fine Line peeps with rubber tubing that made sure th
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Winter Velvet
Have you seen a “cactus” buck? Probably not. That doesn’t mean a spiny desert plant shaped like a deer. Rather, it’s the rare phenomenon that occurs in deer with some testosterone deficie ncy. Often, these deer exhibit biological aberrations, such as
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When Deer disappear
I was stoked! I came within a whisker of having a decent buck enter bow range and had seen several other deer during my afternoon sit. I couldn’t have been more confident for the next day’s hunt on the isolated alfalfa field. Not seeing the buck that