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Outdoors notebook: Deer myths, walleye tracking and more

It’s that time of the year when wildlife agencies caution about feeding bears and not disturbing wildlife.

Bears can menace campsites and bird-feeder areas, but the more heart-rending reports of wildlife watching are sightings and encounters with newborn whitetail deer in the wilds.

Quality Deer Management Association experts have provided a list of five of the most popular myths about deer-fawn dynamics, from birthing stats to field facts.

• Fawns are odorless. Mothers find their fawns with unique scents produced when they urinate on tarsal glands when just a few days old.

• Fawns are abandoned when there is no doe in sight. Experts say fawns spend three to four weeks in hiding before they begin following their mothers afield.

• Twin fawns are from the same father. Research reveals about 25 percent of fawn sets are from different fathers, and an occasional set of triplets are all of different male parents.

• More female fawns are born than make fawns. Research shows male fawns tend to slightly outnumber females at birth.

• Fawn mothers will not take back a fawn once touched by a human being. This myth is for the birds but not for whitetail deer young. Human scent on a fawn has no impact on a mother’s caring for a fawn. QDMA experts urge those who pick up a fawn to place it back where it was found and leave the area.

For more details on QDMAA information and programs, call (800) 209-DEER (3339) or visit

Tracking Erie walleye

During the WNY Environmental Federation meeting at Hoak’s Restaurant June 12, Don Einhouse, DEC Lake Erie unit leader, outlined the functions of a new walleye telemetry study being conducted on Lake Erie.

Transponders and receivers are set in place to track the movement of walleye in Lake Erie throughout the warm-weather seasons. DEC officials are seeking anglers who can catch and hold live walleye for the installation of transmitters.

Einhouse and Lake Erie unit officials will be at an Angler Outreach Event, a series of free seminars, on telemetry studies and other fishery topics at Woodlawn Beach State Park on Tuesday evening. Seminars go from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., focusing on popular game fish species, research programs and habitat improvement projects.

To participate in the Walleye Telemetry Study program and for more details on the Angler Outreach seminars, check with Einhouse at 366-0228.

Youth archery

• Double-T Archery at 1110 North French Road in Amherst begins its popular youth program at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, for ages 8 to 16.

Double-T members assist youths at all skill levels in improving their bow-shooting and outdoor abilities. The program is held each Wednesday evening until a completion-awards banquet on August 24. For more details and registration information, call 957-8887 or email:

• A few slots remain open for the New York Bowhunters Youth Archery Camp at Camp Oswegatchie July 22-24. Director Bill Snyder has details about the camp at (315) 415-0966 or email:

Women’s workshop

Reservations are open for a Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Workshop at Greek Peak Mountain Resort south of Cortland Sept. 16-18. Women ages 18 and older can earn NYS hunter certification and choose study options from a variety of outdoors pursuits.

Enrollment is limited to 125. For details, call (518) 402-8862, email:, or visit