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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 077 - Your Summer To-Do List

    Episode 077 - Your Summer To-Do List

    In this conversation, Bronson and Steve discuss various topics related to deer management during the summertime. They start by addressing recent concerns about hunters contracting CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) from consuming deer with CWD and emphasize the importance of following public health guidelines and not eating venison from CWD-positive deer. They then move on to discuss deer management tasks for the summer, including getting soil tests and adjusting pH for food plots, moving hunting blinds off food plots to reduce disturbance, controlling ryegrass in food plots, and using prescribed fire for habitat management. They highlight the benefits of burning during the growing season and the importance of providing high-quality forage for deer. Bronson and Steve emphasize the importance of analyzing harvest data and deer observations to make informed decisions about deer population and harvest strategies. Additionally, they discuss the benefits of forest management, improving road access, and diversifying food sources. The conversation concludes with a reminder to start planning larger-scale projects, such as timber harvest, well in advance.
    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 076 - Buck Food Plot Use During the Hunting Season

    Episode 076 - Buck Food Plot Use During the Hunting Season

    In this episode we visit with Dr. Natasha Ellison to review her findings relative to buck use of food plots during the hunting season.  How often are bucks visiting food plots pre-rut, peak-rut, and post-rut?  When are bucks spending more time on food plots?  How does hunting pressure affect these relationships?  Natasha is a Mathematical Ecologist and is helping the MSU Deer Lab dig deeper in the buck movement dataset to answer questions about buck behavior relevant to hunters and managers.
    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 12 min
    Episode 075 - Pulling the Covers Off Buck Beds

    Episode 075 - Pulling the Covers Off Buck Beds

    In this episode we visit with Luke Resop to discuss buck beds and bedding areas.  How often are they bedding?  What’s their affinity to certain bedding areas?  What’s the circuit time for returning to a bedding area?  Day beds and night beds are all discussed.  We also introduce our newest member to the MSU Deer Lab, Dr. Natasha Ellison.  She is a Mathematical Ecologist and is helping us dig deeper in the buck movement dataset to answer questions about buck behavior relevant to hunters and managers.
    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 19 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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482 Ratings

482 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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