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PA Deer Migration?

Summer Homes – Part 1
Posted: July 15, 2016

http://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/p...13-part-1-of-3

Gentlemen, Diefenbach just posted GPS locations of a PA Doe's home range that stretches 7 miles as the crow flies, between summer & winter range.

RSB must be doing summersaults. Be carful though, it's only part 1 again.

Found it interesting that once again though, she does NOT confine herself to an evergreen valley/"wintering grounds".

Instead she is coursing from ridge to ridge thru clearcuts & shelterwood cuts, and avoiding areas identified by DCNR as "winter thermal cover" including the Thickhead Wild Area to the southwest.



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Amazing info. I know this area and I am surprised how far she has traveled. She has a cluster of locations on the Underwood trail then she traveled over the mountains and into the valley towards 322 that goes to State College. Just goes to show you how far they can go.

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Re: PA Deer Migration?

Anyone who believes free ranging deer do not travel, regardless of the seasons is in denial. 7 miles, yup and I think that we are just beginning to understand the travel habits of white tails. The PGC buck dispersal study found a buck that was collared traveled 27 miles from his turf where he was collared. And as a side note, he swam 2 major rivers to get there. A doe inside 7 miles is not a stretch, and not uncommon.

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Re: PA Deer Migration?

Looks like a local begins feeding deer south of 322 once rifle season ends....
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They migrate from my neighbors bird feeder to my corn pile. In the mountains may be different.
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Travel and dispersal are two different things. However it seems that habitat has the same effect on both and it only makes sense. Waugh!

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The real funny thing is some people will buy in with both feet that deer would and could have "summer" homes but not have winter homes. Waugh!

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always said, deer do, what they do, when they want to do, simply because they can.

no rhyme or reason, its just what they feel like doing at any given time.

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