Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
November 2023

Southeast Alaska Deer Research
Calling and Capturing deer

By Riley Woodford

The lonesome bleat of a lost fawn carried across the muskeg on a rainy August morning. Almost immediately, a doe popped out of the trees and trotted toward the source, a thicket of shore pine. Crouched within, wildlife biologist Dan Eacker cupped his hand over the deer call and gave another, softer bleat, then raised the capture gun and steadied it on a branch.

Eacker and his team have darted more than 50 Sitka black-tailed deer over the past four summers on Mitkof Island, near Petersburg ...   Deer Research Article Continued