We had a great first season and put GPS collars on 119 white-tailed deer in Missouri this winter. We began to capture neonate fawns in mid-May and collared 56 fawns. The field crews deserve credit for their hard work and commitment throughout the research project. Below are messages from the field crew leaders after the conclusion of the adult trapping season:
Billy Dooling, Ozark Crew Leader: On behalf of the Ozark crew-Mike Woodring, Jess Gable and CJ Russel-Yokom-I would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who contributed to getting this project going. The level of support we received was incredible. Much gratitude goes to Larry Rieken, Brad McKee, and Gary Cravens for their support, and a big thanks to Travis Mills and the Houston crew for their efforts. Aside from hands-on assistance with captures, we also received help with equipment fabrications and landowner recruitment, all of which resulted in a successful season. Most of all, thank you to the Ozark landowners! They have gone out of their way to open their properties to us, and for that we are grateful. We were faced with a major learning curve at first, but much ground was gained through everyone's collaborative efforts. Thanks again for all the support and I am already looking forward to starting the fawn capture season!
Vance Vanderwerken, Northwest Crew Leader: Wow, three action packed months have passed since the NW crew-Adam McDaniel, Kevin Lamp and Tony Jansen-came on board. Training sessions were completed and bait sites were lined up for deer capture. To help with the process, Private Lands Conservationists Jeff Powelsen and Kendall Coleman have spent countless hours making sure that the project started on the right foot. We'd also like to thank Mitch Miller, Sean Cleary, and Rick Dozier for arranging countless MDC employees from throughout the region to help with traps and deer capture. The NW deer study has been very blessed to have the unselfish support of landowners who volunteered access to their property to capture and collar deer. Thank you for the help and cooperation to make our adult deer capture season successful. I am proud of our team and the accomplishments made during the first three months and look forward to many more days afield.