NEWSBRIEF: Wildlife monitoring

This is an invitation to deer hunters, or those that participate in deer camps, or know hunters and have access to deer gut piles immediately after the deer is harvested and field dressed to participate in “Offal Wildlife Watching.” The purpose of this research is to better understand what and when species use deer gut piles provided by hunters across Minnesota. Minnesota offers a unique opportunity to look at this across four different biomes, a major metro area and different scavenger assemblages. There are also several methods of hunting such as archery, rifle and shotgun that may influence where a gut pile is located and which species visit. Hunters are needed from every biome (Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parkland and Eastern Broadleaf Forest and the metro area.) 

Researchers are looking for hunters with their own game camera to set the camera on their gut pile and leave it to record pictures of when and what animals come in to use the gut pile for one month. Hunters are uniquely positioned to record everything that comes in to feed on that gut pile by setting a camera immediately after field dressing a deer in order. 

This project is being conducted by PhD student Ellen Candler and Dr. Joseph Bump from the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ellen Candler at 208-680-6023 or email at

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