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.
January 25, 2016

Warning: Given the content of this blog, this post may be considered inappropriate for young or sensitive viewers.

January 22, 2016

(cue dramatic music) A sparring match turns deadly…starring Buck 12786.

January 18, 2016

We have trapped and tagged thousands of deer across Pennsylvania. Their stories are often open ended.

January 13, 2016

Have you ever wanted to leave your kids in the woods? Deer do.

January 7, 2016

What makes deer on islands so small? Can anything make them bigger?

Photo Credit: JT Fleegle
January 5, 2016

2015 has come to close and our little blog reached the century mark in just one year...sort of…

Note this deer is correctly tagged - hence the name, ear tag! Photo credit: D. Diefenbach
December 28, 2015

The importance of monitoring deer fates during the hunting season cannot be understated. With the deer seasons nearly over, what happened?

Photo credit: PA Game Commission
December 24, 2015

Since many are celebrating a significant birth, we decided to do the same.

A picture of Fawn 6140 with mother just before being captured. Photo credit: A. Sperfslage, PGC
December 21, 2015

Long lost siblings have reunited.

December 17, 2015

Game cameras: fun or frustrating?

December 14, 2015

A comment in Jeannine’s last post caught my attention. I have to write about it.

December 10, 2015

Your perspective on deer season depends on what side of the gun you find yourself on.

December 8, 2015

After years of travel, one doe’s luck runs out.

November 24, 2015

New developments in the death of Buck 8917!

November 23, 2015

What do deer hiding spots during the rifle season look like? We show you.

November 19, 2015

State Farm may have the market on discounts but good science is always double-checking the facts.

November 16, 2015

Is the rut weather dependent? Does hot and sticky weather ruin the mood?

November 12, 2015

The Undead may be fiction in some circles, but very real in research.

Photo credit: D. R. Diefenbach
November 9, 2015

In Pennsylvania, the rut is consistent from year to year. But date night isn’t so steadfast for those southern belles!

Deer Ticks:  Unengorged female encircled by partially engorged females. (Photo: James Occi from
November 5, 2015

We had a little fun last week. And while vampire deer may be a stretch, subsisting on the blood of others is not.