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Bar Room Banter: Jackalopes Are Real

Wildlife Management

Bar Room Banter: Jackalopes Are Real

There’s a difference between book smart and bar smart. You may not be book smart, but this series can make you seem educated and interesting from a barstool. So, belly up, pour yourself a glass of something good and take mental notes as we look at the genesis of the jackalope. Growing up in South...
The Rose Petal Hypothesis: Why Deer Hunting Spots Go Dry

Big Game

The Rose Petal Hypothesis: Why Deer Hunting Spots Go Dry

We’ve all heard it or said it: that deer spot just ain’t like it used to be. You might speculate that too many hunters are going in there, or predators have increased, or the deer have just moved—but the lack of deer definitely didn’t have anything to do with simply an unlucky day out with a rifle...
How Often do Whitetail and Mule Deer Hybridize?

Wildlife Management

How Often do Whitetail and Mule Deer Hybridize?

As a scientist, it’s my job to be curious. I spend a lot of my time trying to figure out what makes animals tick and brainstorming ways that wildlife managers might be able to use that information to promote the critters we care about. Every now and then, I stumble across an idea that is pretty far...