Today on the show we arejoined by Duane Diefenbach, a wildlife ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and one of the researchers conducting The Deer-Forest Study in Pennsylvania, and we’re discussing research related to antler point restrictions, how deer research is conducted, how managers attempt to balance habitat and wildlife populations, lessons learned from monitoring deer movements, deer home range insights and more.

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What You’ll Learn In This Episode:

– The latest on my Michigan and Ohio whitetail hunts

– Dan’s latest parenting adventures

– Who Duane Deifenbach is and how he got into wildlife research

– Insight into Pennsylvania’s antler point restriction regulations and the research done leading up to and after enacting those rules

– How researchers capture deer to track and monitor in dee research projects

– How to determine the right balance between deer and habitat and how researchers try to find that balance

– What the Penn State Deer-Forest Study is and what goals are being worked towards

– Lessons learned about deer travel and movements

– How bucks react to gun season hunting pressure

– Where bucks most often escape to for “hide-outs”

– What the research shows about the timing of the rut

– How factors such as the moon, wind or other weather factors may or may not impact deer movement

– Deer behavior during the rut based on satellite collar tracking

-And much, much more!

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