deer behavior

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Signpost Secrets II: Revealing the Mysteries of Whitetail Scrapes

As I discussed in my previous “Whitetail Behavior” blog, white-tailed deer rely heavily on scent-marking at antler rubs and scrapes, commonly referred to as signposts, to communicate information of social significance, especially during the breeding season. There’s good evidence deer can communicate individual identity, dominance rank, physical condition, breeding status and other bits of...

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Signpost Secrets: Probing the Mysteries of Whitetail Rubs

  Cervids (members of the deer family) living in open country, such as elk and mule deer, rely heavily upon visual displays and vocalizations when communicating information of social significance. In contrast, forest-dwelling white-tailed deer more commonly use glandular secretions and scent-marking, especially in conjunction with antler rubs and ground scrapes, commonly referred to...

Antlerless harvest may be part of your management plan if the population supports killing some during the season. Working with biologists and conducting camera surveys along with sight logs during the season can help you decide on this aspect.

Deer Talk Now: Factors Affecting Whitetail Doe Dispersal

What affects doe dispersal, why does it happen, when does it happen and what effects does this movement have on your property and whitetail deer population? Hefty questions, aren’t they? But they’re questions hunters ask and want to know about, similar to those asked and answered in the first part of this two-part series...

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Can Deer Really Hear Better than Humans?

Because deer have rather large ears, it makes sense that they can hear better than humans, right? Or can they? Many hunters assume that because deer have ears three times bigger than ours they can probably hear three times better. Some unpublished data from Art Stattleman of the University of Georgia tried to quantify...