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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: 3

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 22

Scientific Publications: 90

Presentations: 124



Funding Agencies

  • Pennsylvania Game Commission


Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Geological Survey
  6. Wildlife Management Institute