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.
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?

A Clover trap set and ready
January 27, 2015

Here we show you how Clover Traps work. Why are they called "Clover Traps"? Well, we explain why the obvious answer is wrong.

Setting up a rocket net
January 23, 2015

How do you catch a deer? Put salt on it's tail? There are easier ways and we will show you what they are.

January 15, 2015

The hunting seasons are over. So now what do deer have to worry about to survive? Turns out, not much. But there is always something interesting!

January 6, 2015

In a previous post we warned you that not all buck home ranges are 1 square mile. Home range size depends on where a deer lives in Pennsylvania and you may be surprised by how much home range size varies.

December 23, 2014

Almost 15 years ago PA conducted one of the largest fawn studies in North America. We are repeating that study but taking advantage of new technology.

December 19, 2014

Conventional wisdom holds 1 square mile is the size of a buck's home range. Is it true? And what about doe?

December 10, 2014

The bucks that survive rifle season do something in common. We show you one of their secrets that we discovered.

December 4, 2014

How quickly do deer understand it's deer season and not bear season? We show you a doe that knows deer hunter behavior.

November 29, 2014

It is the eve of the traditional rifle deer season. Every year in Pennsylvania, well over a million deer and deer hunters take part. What are the odds of deer and deer hunters making it through the next 2 weeks?

November 28, 2014

While vampires can only frolic after dark, bucks aren’t keeping them company.