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Born to Wander
Hunters have long been under the impression that white-tailed deer are relative homebodies, living their lives in a square mile or so of fields and woodlands on or near their birth places. Not so, suggests an ongoing study of deer travels being monitored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Science and being watched by deer biologists across the country. Initial investigations show that young deer — yearling bucks in particular — abandon life with mama and head out on exploratory jaunts that might take them far from their home turf. A few stay in their new surroundings for a short time, then turn tail and head back home. Most, however, leave and never return. The Penn State study includes tracking young bucks by capturing them in baited cages and fitting them with radio-collars. A select few of the 300-plus study subjects were fitted with global positioning system units (GPS). The computerized collar devices enable biologists to check on a buck’s location at any time b... More

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Ken Piper / Buckmasters Editor

Ken Piper

Buckmasters editor Ken Piper grew up hunting whitetails with his father, uncles and cousins on public land in Blair County, Pennsylvania. He earned a journalism degree from Penn State in 1987 and joined the Buckmasters team in 2000. "Thanks to Buckmasters, I’ve hunted some of the best places in the country, but I’ll never forget that public-land, blue-collar hunters are the heart of our sport," he says. "Hopefully we can all remember the simple joy of taking any deer and spending time with friends and family. That’s what I strive for in the pages of Buckmasters."

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