Looking downward on rattlesnake plantain

[Comments in brackets are by Jeannine and Duane]


From the Northern Crew:

Greetings from the Susquehannock Deer Crew,

This week was a productive and fun one. To start the week off, we found a deer skull [We call those fun field finds!] 

buck skull laying in the snow

During the week, the snow came in thick. The crew was happy to work in the snow as we haven’t had much of it this year. 

Crew selfie in the snow

Due to the snow, some luck, and a lot of hard work, the crew was able to capture another 9 deer this week, bringing the total up to 42.

looking down on blindfolded deer's head in a Clover trap

Northern Crew Leader
PA Game Commission Deer and Elk Section


From the Southern Crew:

 Hello all! 

This season has presented an interesting set of challenges, and this crew in particular have become experts in the “improvise, adapt, overcome” mentality! Catching deer in Clover traps have become increasingly difficult with the beginnings of green up and the continuation of warmer weather. 

So we are switching gears and starting to bait at rocket nets. And preliminary results are encouraging! We’re hoping to be sitting on our first rocket net within the next couple of days. 

2 crew members in the Clover traps restraining a deer

Despite our balmy winter thus far, we’ve managed to process a few deer and locate a collar! We even noticed a native evergreen terrestrial orchid, common name downy rattlesnake plantain, poking through the leaf litter near one of our trap sites and took a moment to sniff the proverbial roses. 

Looking downward on rattlesnake plantain

Southern Crew Leader
PA Game Commission Deer and Elk Section

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