Deer Behavior

Have you ever watched a deer from your stand and wondered, “Why do they do that?” Whitetails are fascinating creatures, and understanding the many facets of their behavior enhances this addicting pursuit. Learn all about deer behavior and biology from the top biologists in the country.

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Doe’s Defense Might Kill Its Fawn

Although a doe’s decoying tactics work to save many fawns, it is easy to understand why their decoying habits are also the reason many fawns are killed by predators. By Charles Alsheimer Quietly, I inched my way along a narrow brush-choked roadway that led to one of our farm’s food plots. When I was...

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An Unarmed Attitude Adjustment

We all know how antler cast effects the regal look of a whitetail buck. But does the loss of antlers cause an attitude adjustment? According to Deer & Deer Hunting’s whitetail behavior expert Charlie Alsheimer, the answer is yes. According to Alsheimer: When a buck casts his antlers, his testicles are still functioning, hormones...

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Avoid Missteps For Predator Success

I can still vividly recall the first coyotes I ever called. They appeared as a pair, charging hard across a huge expanse of open snow. I was lying in the middle of a field of winter wheat just behind the crest of a terrace, with no camo, no concealment and a borrowed rifle that...

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Give Feeders A Little Pre-Spring TLC

Spring is arriving in the Southeast in fits, with temperatures in the upper 70s and mild nights giving way to the occasional blast of chilly lows in the 30s or 40s. by Alan Clemons For our friends in the upper Midwest and Northeast, well, I can’t say we feel your pain. We don’t know...

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How Brain Abscesses Affect Big Bucks

Zombie whitetails aren’t the norm but occasionally one will have a problem with what biologists identify as a brain abscess and may indeed exhibit zombie-like traits. By Alan Clemons Chas Moore, Wildlife Biologist, with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, recently wrote about the problem of brain abscesses. They’re seen most often...

Spring is the Key to Deer Nutrition

At the end of winter, as day length increases, the whitetail’s physiology and behavior change markedly. Deer become much more active in March, and, given the opportunity, increase food consumption. The rise in activity is presumably associated with an increase in thyroid function and rising metabolism. This springtime increase in deer activity typically occurs...

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Deer Rut Still Happening Down South

SANDESTIN, Fla. – A common discussion among many Southeast hunters focuses on the lengthy breeding period and rutting activity that sometimes occurs after the hunting seasons end. This topic led to much discussion during the first day of this year’s annual meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group. by Alan Clemons Unlike Northern states...

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Whitetail Freaks Part 2: Hermaphrodites

Here is another bizarre instance of a buck’s genetic wiring gone awry. This lucky hunter shot a truly once-in-a-lifetime deer, but what is it? That’s a good question; one that we can only speculate on when trying to answer it. The photo has been all over the Web, and was recently posted on Facebook...

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Daily Updates from Deer Study Group

    SANDESTIN, Fla. – Put some of the top whitetail deer biologists, managers, researchers and enthusiasts together with a little sand, sun and probably a boatload of seafood, and you’ll have the 2012 Southeast Deer Study Group conference in your sights. By Alan Clemons On Monday and Tuesday, biologists, land managers, researchers, students...

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Whitetail Freaks: A Truly Giant Buck

Saw this one today on the Facebook page of fellow whitetail fanatic David Gendreau. It is unusual, but not uncommon in the whitetail world. In short, this is what is known as a “cactus buck.” This condition dates back many decades in whitetails. In fact, one of the first person to document these weird...