From the Northern Crew:
Dear deer people,
Monday and Tuesday of last week, I assisted PGC Forester Kyle Clouse with deer aging. He was flying through them almost faster than I could enter the data (pro status). He did, however, let me run the show at one processor. It’s definitely not as easy in real life as it was at training, but good experience nonetheless! I’ll be assisting him again on Monday.
During the remainder of the week, I gathered locations on fawns and gave the auto shop the go ahead to repair my latest truck (aka problem child). It started snowing here Thursday night and has hardly stopped since! Hopefully this weather trend continues through trapping season 🙂
Field Crew Leader
From the Southern Crew:
I began the week with some good old fashioned deer aging with Aaron Tyson, a PGC forester. We visited 5 different deer processors in Centre County. This photo shows the teeth of an older deer we came across during aging [PGC deer agers only age to 3 age classes: 6 months, 18 months, and 30 months. But there are much older deer seen].
A collared fawn was harvested this week. The last live signal I received for her was Wednesday, December 7th. On Friday, I could not find her. I had no issue picking up her sibling’s collar signal though. I spent some time looking for her and contacted Tess to see if anyone had called in a harvest. Tess wasn’t sure at the time, but did confirm with me this weekend that the fawn was harvested.
I also got back into working on the ArcMap trapping site file this week. The file isn’t complete yet, as I am having some issues with the formatting. It’s getting there though.
A landowner also shared some photos and a video of a collared buck that was hit by a vehicle sometime in August [he appears to have made almost a full recovery]. We collared this buck just over the mountain from their place this past winter.
Field Crew Leader
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