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Technology, volunteers boost northeastern Washington whitetail study

An ambitious research project is under way to shed light on the mysterious movements of white-tailed deer through the thick cover of northeastern Washington. The study area in Stevens, Pend Oreille and northern Spokane counties covers the state’s most productive region for whitetails and the hunters who pursue them during fall big-game seasons.

Deer trapping for research

A deer springs and kicks in an athletic burst captured in the photo above by Dave Ross as volunteers from the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council release the animal. The deer had been live-trapped and fixed with a GPS tracking collar for a northeastern Washington white-tailed deer study. The research is scheduled from 2012 into 2015 by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to better manage the state's most productive region for whitetails. Stevens, Pend Oreille and northern Spokane counties also are the most popular whitetail deer hunting areas in the state. S-R Outdoors editor Rich Landers was on the scene to shoot this photo sequence documenting how volunteers and researchers trap, process and release one of the 70 or more deer involved in the study.