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Thinking About Rifle Season
NOVEMBER 22, 2021
It has been a busy fall. In fact, so busy that Jeannine and I have had little time for writing new posts. However, the most important season for deer biologists is right upon us – the regular firearms season. We have written much about how deer respond to this hunting season (in the upper right-hand corner of this page type ‘rifle season’ into the search bar to find a few).
To try and make up for lost time, we’re going to release several posts this week that feature movements of deer during the rifle season. We hope you find them interesting.
For today we have a buck that lived in the Susquehannock State Forest. The year is 2016 and opening day was Monday, November 28th. The last day of the regular firearms season was December 10th.


For most of the time period for this deer the locations were collected every 20 minutes. Yellow dots indicate a location during legal hunting hours.

The next video takes you through the rest of the deer season plus a couple of days after.


After you have watched these movies, you should notice how little area he covered those 2 weeks compared to his home range throughout the year.
All locations of Buck 8809 during 2016
-Duane Diefenbach
 

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I’m Outta Here!
NOVEMBER 24, 2021
Don’t panic, neither Jeannine or I quit (although some days…). But we do have a buck who said “See ya later” in the middle of rifle season.
His movements up through the December 5, 2016 were pretty standard for our older bucks. Stick to steep slopes. Deer season in 2016 opened on Monday, November 28th.


But watch what he does on Monday, December 5th.


We’ve shown you how bucks disappear in the rut. Now you can see why they sometimes disappear in the middle of deer season!
-Duane Diefenbach
 

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Kick Off!
NOVEMBER 25, 2021
It’s Thanksgiving! The official start of the holiday season. And when we say holiday, we mean deer season of course.
Many of us are celebrating the season with friends and family telling stories of Thanksgivings past and tall tales of deer camp legends. We decided to celebrate by visiting the archives!
Doe 8810 and Buck 8111 each celebrated Thanksgiving (November 24) in 2016 atop a beautiful perch in the Susquehannock.


The weather was nice with a steady temperature of 40 degrees F. Great for a game of post-turkey football. After Thanksgiving, Doe 8810 and Buck 8111 pasted each other briefly in their travels. Perhaps on their way to a Black Friday sale (November 25).
Of course, they both knew the other BIG holiday was right around the corner. The one NOT celebrated by deer.
Gun season opened November 28 that year. And even though DMAP permits could be used in that area in 2016, one of these deer wouldn’t live to see another.
If you watched, you already know which one. Buck 8111 was harvested on Wednesday, November 30. (His last location is where the deer was dragged when he left the forest, not where he was harvested.)
Doe 8810 continued with her travels throughout the season and beyond.
These deer ranged over an area of about a square mile and moved throughout the deer season at all times of the day. Buck 8111 was intercepted by a hunter but Doe 8810 was not.
Here’s to kicking off another holiday season. May you make an interception – beyond that post-turkey football game.
-Jeannine Fleegle
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