Deer

NDA Hosts 2015 North American Deer Summit

Katelyn Rutland May 12, 2015

The Quality Deer Management Association’s (QDMA) inaugural North American Deer Summit took place in March 2014 to address growing concerns about whitetails and mule deer. Last week, 250 hunters, landowners, wildlife biologists and university researchers from across the country gathered in Louisville, Ky., to set measurable goals and priorities for the National Deer Alliance at the 2015 North American Deer Summit. Here’s how the Whitetail Journal sums up coservation and…

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The R3 Plan (Not To Be Confused With RG3)

Shannon Rikard February 24, 2015

Recruitment, retention and re-engagement – the so-called “R3” – are buzzwords in hunting and shooting sports conversations. That’s because industry leaders have collaborated to create an R3 plan that ATA CEO/President Jay McAninch calls the most exciting thing ever to happen in hunting and the shooting sports. That’s a bold statement. By its nature, planning is far less exciting than action. So, how can a plan be that exciting? One word: unity. The plan already…

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New Research: Urban Bowhunts Control Deer, Reduce Lyme Disease

Patrick Durkin October 24, 2014

A long-running research program in two Connecticut communities found that tightly regulating hunts slashed Lyme disease cases 80 percent by reducing and controlling white-tailed deer, a primary host for disease-carrying black-legged ticks. The 13-year study, which ran from 1995 through 2008 in Mumford Cove and Groton Long Point, used hunters to reduce deer densities from a peak of 80 deer per square mile to about 13 per square mile. That decline in deer numbers slashed tick abundance by 76 percent,…

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A Professional Hunter in Africa: What’s That Gig Like?

Michelle Zeug August 26, 2014

The ATA’s Michelle Zeug, who made the recent trip to South Africa along with ATA CEO/President Jay McAninch, offers a day-in-the-life look at the work of a professional hunter and the requirements it takes to become one.

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