January 28, 2023

The Life and Times of Buck 8917

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*Editor’s Note* – This is really quite cool and educational.

We have followed him 24/7 for 2 years. Find out what he did to survive.

On March 29, 2013 we captured an adult buck (he had his first set of antlers in autumn 2012) on the Bald Eagle State Forest. We slapped a GPS collar and some ear tags on him and number 8917 was born.

We followed him through 2 hunting seasons.  So how did he do it?The map below shows all 2,570 locations we collected on him during 2013. Every 7 hours from 3/29/2013 through 9/30/2013, every 3 hours from 10/1/2013 through 11/16/2013, and every 20 minutes during the rifle season (11/25/2013-12/8/2015).

Source: The Life and Times of Buck 8917 — Deer-Forest Study — Penn State University