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The Deer-Forest Blog

We're tracking deer in Pennsylvania's forests. Check out what is going on in the field and learn what our researchers are discovering.
April 14, 2015

Rocket netting deer is a task that requires immense patience, not to mention layers of clothes.

April 10, 2015

Its spring! The hap-hap-happiest time of year. Mother Nature has forgiven us for whatever we did to tick her off and we are all being rewarded for enduring her wrath.

April 7, 2015

How did our readers think rain affected deer movements in October? And what did the deer do?

April 3, 2015

We're adding pictures! Check it out.

April 1, 2015

When we get the call that a radio-collar is sending out a mortality signal, the crew and I immediately feel both excitement and trepidation.

March 27, 2015

The deer think so. Read on to find out what they have been doing.

March 25, 2015

I have always found this job to be exciting—who wouldn’t enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with racing up to a trapped deer and wrestling it to the ground? But it has been even more exciting in the past month.

Full moon in 2008. Photo credit: NASA/Sean Smith
March 18, 2015

What has past research discovered about the moon and deer movements? And what do our readers think? Read on to find out!

March 13, 2015

How you think deer respond to the moon, weather, and hunting? Here's your chance to let us know.

March 5, 2015

After a long, cold, snowy, icy winter, many of us are on the verge of insanity. Our cabin fever finally breaks the first sunny 40+ degree day. Freedom can be a bit overwhelming. What should we do first? Where should we go? Do we have to go back to our 4-walled prison?

February 26, 2015

Does and fawns are seen and even trapped together in the winter. Everyone knows its mom and her bouncing bundles from last spring. But as usual things aren’t always as they seem in the deer world.

February 21, 2015

Checking the weather has become as much a part of my daily routine as brushing my teeth or, well, breathing.

February 19, 2015

The 2014 Deer Hunger Games have concluded. The tally of winners and losers has yet to be determined. But one winner and one loser will have you shaking your head in disbelief.

This deer is smacking her lips because it's autumn and time to chow down. Photo credit: D. Childs, USGS
February 15, 2015

Deer were preparing for winter when most of us were preparing our Labor Day barbecues.

February 12, 2015

Duane Diefenbach will be presenting at a meeting of the SE Pennsylvania Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association.

February 10, 2015

For deer living on public land, their days are numbered, right? Is surviving the hunting season on public land impossible for deer?

February 7, 2015

When a deer dies the field crew has has to get there as quickly as possible if we are going to find out the cause. That's because if it wasn't predated we have to get there before the scavengers. Here's the story for Deer 8807.

February 4, 2015

You've heard the saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Needless to say, we don't capture many deer a second time. This video shows why.

February 2, 2015

We hear stories all the time about hunters avoiding or targeting radio-collared deer. Find out what we have learned about hunter behavior.

Hemlock stand where Deer 8503 rode out a snowstorm
January 29, 2015

We have a lot of creature comforts to help us survive winter weather. But what about the creatures? How do deer ride out a winter storm?