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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The Biology of Bachelor Groups

If you are monitoring local whitetails during summer through the lenses of your binoculars, or through the lens of a trail-camera, you’ve probably seen what are known as “bachelor groups.” These are groups of bucks that travel together during the spring and summer and generally follow the same movement schedule of bedding and feeding. Bachelor …

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