Tarsal Glands: What We Know

The tarsal gland, arguably the most important gland in deer communication, is found on bucks and does. Each hair is associated with an enlarged sebaceous or “fat” gland that secretes an oily material that coats the hair. Research has shown this gland is active year-round in both bucks and does. When a deer “rub-urinates”, allowing …

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The Hunter’s Guide to Deer Vision

It’s happened to every bowhunter—a deer spots you for no apparent reason while perfectly concealed.  Was it your scent, your noise, your movement, or perhaps what you were wearing? While all hunters agree that deer have an amazing ability to detect movement, the consensus regarding what colors deer can see is far less unanimous.  Because …

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The Real Whitetail Freak

Antlers are a unique and fascinating phenomenon in the animal world. They are formed by complex mechanisms that are still not fully understood, and the complexity of antler growth is seen in the wide range of things that can go wrong. Injuries to growing antlers; injuries to the skull or pedicle; injuries to the skeleton, …

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How Common Are Triplet Fawns?

Have you ever sighted a doe with triplet fawns? Triplets can be a sign of a very healthy deer population. The triplets in the photo above were photographed at QDMA’s National Office in 2006. Twins are the norm in most populations, but as many as 15 to 20 percent of does will bear triplets when …

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Can Ticks Affect Antler Development?

Recently someone asked me if ticks had been known to affect antler development, and then I captured the pair of photos above on my trail-camera. That prompted me to give this question more thought. The relative number of parasites on a deer is referred to as a “burden” by scientists. In at least one scientific …

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