MSU study shows bucks on the move in late deer season

MSU study shows bucks on the move in late deer season

Have you wondered why some bucks seem to disappear late in the season while others show up out of the blue?

Have you ever wondered why bucks seem more difficult to pattern in late season?

New research at the Mississippi State University Deer Lab may answer those questions and indicates late season is a prime time to spend more hours in the stand.

“It’s a time to catch deer with their guard down and in an area they’re not as familiar with,” said MSU graduate research assistant Luke Resop. “They’re out cruising and it’s a great time to be in the woods. It’s when bucks, particularly mature bucks, are expanding their home range.”

A study conducted by the Mississippi State University Deer Lab and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks indicates changes in buck movements in the final weeks of the rut can provide hunters with excellent opportunities for harvesting mature bucks.

The MSU Deer Lab and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks captured roughly 55 mature bucks near the Big Black River in Madison and Yazoo counties to study how they reacted to hunting pressure. They were outfitted with GPS collars and ear tags and approximately 750,000 waypoints were collected between 2017 and early 2019.

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