The Deer Ecology and Management Lab at Mississippi State University

The deer research program at Mississippi State University began with the arrival of Dr. Dave Guynn and Dr. Harry Jacobson in the mid-1970s. The synergism between these two young research biologists spawned many unique projects that generated national attention.

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Food Plantings

Deer are adapted to a wide array of naturally occurring seasonal foods that provide all the nutrients needed for body growth and survival.

Food Plots

Growth Cycle

Antlers grow rapidly while in velvet during the spring and summer, 3/4 inch/week for yearlings and 1 1/2 inches per week for adults during peak growth.

Nutrition & Genetics

Age, nutrition, and genetics clearly have significant impacts on antler development of white-tailed deer.

Why Antlers?

Research shows that bigger antlers may be a signal of age-related dominance. White-tailed deer behavior, in particular, indicates that antlers may actually be a big part of gaining social status.

Staff & Students

Numerous graduate students, cooperating agencies, foundations, landowners, and our current faculty have established one of the premier deer management research units in the United States.

Deer Lab Media

Our apps allow hunting club members to record observations and harvest data to share, manage stand locations and identify occupied stands, and get expert tips on what to plant in food plots year-round.