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Deer University podcasts are all about deer biology and management. Drs. Bronson Strickland and Steve Demarais are both deer hunters, deer biologists, professors of wildlife management, and co-directors of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab. Steve and Bronson are so crazy about deer biology and management that they made it their career!

Our goal is to explain how you can use deer research to improve your hunting and management experiences. Don’t take for granted what your buddy says or what you read in a hunting magazine – we’ll train you to think like a deer biologist. As national leaders in deer research, we’ll keep you up to date on the latest and best information, and deliver episodes that cover every deer management topic you can imagine, and then add some that will surprise you.

If you are interested in deer hunting and management, this is your podcast! Every shot you take this fall is either a step forward or backward in your management program, so use our knowledge to make every shot count!

Hosts of Deer University:
Dr. Bronson Strickland, Professor of Wildlife Management, Mississippi State University Extension Service
Dr. Steve Demarais, Professor of Wildlife Management, Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center

Deer University Dr. Bronson Strickland & Dr. Steve Demarais

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Deer University podcasts are all about deer biology and management. Drs. Bronson Strickland and Steve Demarais are both deer hunters, deer biologists, professors of wildlife management, and co-directors of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab. Steve and Bronson are so crazy about deer biology and management that they made it their career!

Our goal is to explain how you can use deer research to improve your hunting and management experiences. Don’t take for granted what your buddy says or what you read in a hunting magazine – we’ll train you to think like a deer biologist. As national leaders in deer research, we’ll keep you up to date on the latest and best information, and deliver episodes that cover every deer management topic you can imagine, and then add some that will surprise you.

If you are interested in deer hunting and management, this is your podcast! Every shot you take this fall is either a step forward or backward in your management program, so use our knowledge to make every shot count!

Hosts of Deer University:
Dr. Bronson Strickland, Professor of Wildlife Management, Mississippi State University Extension Service
Dr. Steve Demarais, Professor of Wildlife Management, Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center

    Episode 074 – Understanding Buck Movement – Part 2

    Episode 074 – Understanding Buck Movement – Part 2

    The latest Extension publication from the MSU Deer Lab is “Understanding Buck Movement: How, When, and Why Bucks Navigate the Landscape” is now available for viewing and download.  You can find the publication here:
    https://www.msudeer.msstate.edu/results.php?q=deer%20movement
    In Part 2, Steve and Bronson discuss more of the findings presented in the publication and explain how you can interpret the data and use the information for management and hunting.
    Check out the MSU Deer Lab’s online seminar series (here) and choose the Natural Resources option from the Categories drop down menu.  You will have to create an account to view the seminars.  The seminars are free unless you are seeking professional educational credits.
    Also, be sure to visit our YouTube channel (here)

    • 54 min
    Episode 073 – Understanding Buck Movement – Part 1

    Episode 073 – Understanding Buck Movement – Part 1

    The latest Extension publication from the MSU Deer Lab is “Understanding Buck Movement: How, When, and Why Bucks Navigate the Landscape” is now available for viewing and download.  You can find the publication here:
    https://www.msudeer.msstate.edu/results.php?q=deer%20movement
    In Part 1, Steve and Bronson discuss some of the findings presented in the publication and explain how you can interpret the data and use the information for management and hunting.
    Check out the MSU Deer Lab’s online seminar series (here) and choose the Natural Resources option from the Categories drop down menu.  You will have to create an account to view the seminars.  The seminars are free unless you are seeking professional educational credits.
    Also, be sure to visit our YouTube channel (here)

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Fall food plots, how late is too late?

    Fall food plots, how late is too late?

    The Deep South and other parts of the whitetail’s range are experiencing severe drought and many cool-season food plots are struggling or failing.  In this episode we visit with Dr. Erick Larson, an Agronomist and Extension Specialist at Mississippi State University, that works with many of the forages hunters and managers plant for deer.  Erick will discuss when is too late and what steps we can take to make the best of a bad situation.
    Check out the MSU Deer Lab’s online seminar series (here) and choose the Natural Resources option from the Categories drop down menu.  You will have to create an account to view the seminars.  The seminars are free unless you are seeking professional educational credits.
    Also, be sure to visit our YouTube channel (here)

    • 41 min
    Rubs and Scrapes with Karl Miller

    Rubs and Scrapes with Karl Miller

    What is a deer signpost?  In this episode Steve and Bronson visit with Dr. Karl Miller, the former professor and researcher of deer biology and management at the University of Georgia. Karl and his students and colleagues have studied white-tailed deer signposting behavior for decades and he shares key findings regarding the biology and ecology of this research, and how you can apply it to hunting.
    Check out the MSU Deer Lab’s online seminar series (here) and choose the Natural Resources option from the Categories drop down menu.  You will have to create an account to view the seminars.  The seminars are free unless you are seeking professional educational credits.
    Also, be sure to visit our YouTube channel (here)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 070 - Buck Breeding Value and Management Implications

    Episode 070 - Buck Breeding Value and Management Implications

    What the heck is buck breeding value?  In this episode Steve and Bronson visit with Dr. Randy DeYoung, a professor and researcher at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Randy and his colleagues and students have worked for many years analyzing genetics data related to maternity and paternity assignment in South Texas deer herds.  Randy will share results from the buck side of the equation and tell us how they impact management.
    Check out the MSU Deer Lab’s online seminar series (here) and choose the Natural Resources option from the Categories drop down menu.  You will have to create an account to view the seminars.  The seminars are free unless you are seeking professional educational credits.
    Also, be sure to visit our YouTube channel (here)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 069 – Burn baby burn!

    Episode 069 – Burn baby burn!

    There’s no doubt that prescribed fire is good for wildlife habitat, but what’s the best time of year to burn?  What are the pros and cons of burning during the dormant season (winter) and the growing season (spring and summer)?  In this episode Bronson and Steve visit with MSU Deer Lab graduate student Luke Resop and discuss the findings from his research where he examined the response of vegetation to dormant and growing season fire.  Which is the best?  You guessed it…IT DEPENDS.   
    Check out the MSU Deer Lab’s online seminar series (here) and choose the Natural Resources option from the Categories drop down menu.  You will have to create an account to view the seminars.  The seminars are free unless you are seeking professional educational credits.
    Also, be sure to visit our YouTube channel (here)

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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479 Ratings

479 Ratings

Collier County Bob ,

Bob D

Excellent material and delivery. Makes me want to become a student at MSU!

juliesroberts ,

A great source of cutting edge deer research

I wait for every new episode so that I can go through and hear accurate research so that I can put to actionable plans. I usually have to delisted so that I can make sure I heard it all. Thank y’all for putting this research out here so we can have access to research to refute the bad science or all the myths that steer management plans in a negative direction.

Japplewes ,

Always interesting information.

Enjoy the pods, always gain some useful information. Maybe y’all have a pod on this and I’ve missed it but what’s your take on deer challenge whistles?

I worked for a man who first told me about this years ago. He told me about hearing this unique sound while stalking in the woods one year around Coffeeville, MS. He got between the two bucks and was able to harvest the larger one. He said he had only heard it one other time in the woods but wasn’t able to get between those bucks and make a harvest. He did his best to mimic the sound and I always remembered that.

Some years later on government land off Arkabutla Lake around the Coldwater, MS area, I had a stand over a dried up ditch. Right about dawn, I heard a deer walking on the other side of the ditch where I was sitting, then not long, I heard a deer walking behind me. They paralleled one another walking down each side of the ditch. Right at dusk, I heard the deer across the ditch make this challenge whistle like my friend had mimicked to me. I couldn’t believe it! About 3 minutes before last shooting light the deer across the way stepped into the dry ditch north of me about 75 yds. as the deer behind me went walking towards that area to meet up and I assume the fight was going to be on!

I was fortunate enough to get the buck crossing the ditch in my crosshairs & make the shot. Never saw the deer fall, run, or move, and the other buck coming to him, ran off. I backed out of the stand as it was getting cold that evening, chose to take a chance I got the buck, went home and came back early the next morning.

As it was frosty that morning and plenty cold over
the night, I went back and right where I had shot the buck in the ditch, there he lay all frozen, stiff, & covered w/frost. He turned out to be a nice 9 point but w/many battle scars on his head and neck. When I told the man who had told me about challenge whistles that I had harvested this buck, he said I told you they have a challenge whistle. I sure didn’t believe him when he first told me but I found this out first hand. I, like he, have only heard it one other time in the woods live, and was not able to get between the bucks to make a harvest.

I mounted this 9 pt in super sneak position and it still hangs on my living room wall to this day. I often wonder how big the buck behind me may have been since I never saw him clearly but the battle scars on the buck I killed sure suggested he’d been fighting w/other ole boys in the area.

Just would like to hear some information, if any you all may have/know, on deer challenge whistles as it just seems to be a very unique and not common to hunters experience in live hunting situations. Thanks if you can and enjoy the information provided on deer, hunting, and land management in these pods.

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