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Incorporating radio telemetry data in tag-return studies

White-tailed deer with radiocollar


August 2010 - May 2013


White-tailed deer have been captured and either ear-tagged with reward tags or radio collars. Because capture occurs in winter (Jan-Apr) and harvest doesn't occur until autumn, mortality between capture and harvest is estimated from radio-collared deer. We are evaluating how these data can be combined to provide more accurate and precise estimates of harvest rates.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Buderman, F. E., D. R. Diefenbach, M. J. Casalena, C. S. Rosenberry, B. D. Wallingford. 2014. Accounting for tagging-to-harvest mortality in a Brownie tag-recovery model by incorporating radio-telemetry data. Ecology and Evolution 4:1439-1450. Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 


  • Buderman, F. E. 2012. A joint Kaplan-Meier known-fate and Brownie tag-recovery model to estimate harvest and survival rates. M.S. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.Download  | 


  • Buderman, F. E., and D. R. Diefenbach. Improve harvest estimates using known-fate data to inform a band-recovery model. Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Conference, Manchester, NH, 17-19 April 2011.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • Pennsylvania Game Commission


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey