Hunters are Being Asked to Pass Mature Bucks

The University of Mississippi is asking hunters to give a pass to the tagged deer they have in their research program. The University’s Deer Lab has tagged and collared 55 mature bucks and wants
to track them during hunting season.

I think a lot of hunters would find the study and the results interesting. The study focuses on how hunting pressure affects mature bucks. I know I would find it interesting to see how deer move
when they are pressured.

It might answer questions like: How much does a buck change his movement patterns when there are hunters in the woods? Does a buck really “go nocturnal?” Personally I really interested in the
results.

According to The Clarion-Ledger, the study area is along the Big Black River between US 49  and Mississippi 16 in Madison and Yazoo counties. Hunters in the area where the collared deer live are asked to record when and where they hunt. Together, the deer data and hunter data will provide a much clearer picture of how deer react to hunting pressure.

The MSU Deer Lab is also asking hunters to refrain from shooting any of the tagged and collared bucks.

“It’s important for the hunting community,” Jones said. “This is data that’s very interesting and important. It’s not often that hunters get this kind of information about an animal.”

All hunters in the area are encouraged to attend one of two meetings that will be held on September 21 beginning at 5;30 p.m. and September 23 beginning at 11:a.m. at the WIN Job Center, 152
Watford Parkway Drive in Canton. Food will be served and staff will be available two hours prior to the meetings to set up the MSU Deer Hunt app on hunter’s phones which will be used to record hunter effort.

Even though the study sounds very interesting I am not sure how much participation they are going to get. First they are asking hunters to pass mature deer. It is hard enough to get some hunters to pass young buck. Secondly, they want hunters to log their hunting locations on an app. I know some hunters that will take their hunting spots to their grave. They just are not going to give that information out.

I wish the study best of luck, and look forward to seeing the results.

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