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.
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.

November 24, 2014

Biologists are stalking deer but it’s not with a camera.

November 21, 2014

It's the rut. Watch what these bucks do during the peak of breeding!

November 17, 2014

Is this female fawn pregnant? If so, when was she bred?

November 14, 2014

If you're serious about archery hunting, it is useful to know when the rut will occur each year. We let you in on a secret!

November 10, 2014

This deer spent time in the valley and up on the ridge in September. How did that change in October?

November 7, 2014

This buck is right where he was in September. But he still reveals something about deer movements.

November 4, 2014

Does deer hunting require getting up at o'dark-thirty to meet that buck you've been dreaming about? Or are you smart to stay in bed?

October 30, 2014

So Deer 8103 was Mr. Homebody in September. Check out what happened in October!

October 26, 2014

Two weeks ago we showed you the travels of an adult buck in September. Was that enough for you to figure out his moves in October? Let's find out!

October 22, 2014

In this post we provide movies of two more bucks in September, one from the Ridge & Valley and one from the Big Woods.