What data should be collected while deer hunting?
I record the date, start and stop time of each hunt (morning and afternoon). I record the time in military style so morning and afternoon are never confused. I also record where I hunt based on a grid system, I don’t use stand names as stand names change from time to time. I also record the number of bucks, does, fawns, and unidentified deer observed. I differentiate between antlered bucks and male fawns. I also am very careful to never assume! If I can’t positively identify the deer, I list it as an unidentified. Typically about 30% of the deer I observe are listed as unidentified.
I don’t record moon phase, temperature, etc,. as all of those data are available from the Nation Weather Service. I find the basic information, such as I described above, is more useful than detailed information that doesn’t allow me to see the big picture. On some of my research projects where I’m attempting to address specific questions, my staff and I collect additional data.
Growing Deer together,