Outdoor Radio: Deer and Data

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White-tailed Deer standing alert just outside a winter deeryard. /© K.P. McFarland

White-tailed Deer standing alert. / © K.P. McFarland

Biologists Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland visited a deer reporting station in Barre during Youth Hunting Weekend. They talked with biologist John Buck of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department about how the state manages the deer herd and the key role that deer play in Vermont’s forests. We also learn about why biologists are extracting deer teeth for study this year. Much like counting the rings on a tree to determine it’s age, slicing an incisor reveals rings that show us the animal’s age.

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Outdoor Radio is a monthly feature produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio with support from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. The program is produced by Vermont Public Radio chief audio engineer Chris Albertine.

Images from the Show

John Buck weighing a deer. © K.P. McFarland

John Buck weighing a deer. © K.P. McFarland

An extracted incisor ready to be sent to the lab to determine the age of the deer. © K.P. McFarland

An extracted incisor ready to be sent to the lab to determine the age of the deer. © K.P. McFarland

Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept.

Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept.

Harvested deer are recorded on the station poster for hunters to compare when they visit. © K.P. McFarland

Harvested deer are recorded on the station poster for hunters to compare when they visit. © K.P. McFarland

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