Chasing An Explanation for the South’s Odd Rut

No matter what month of the year you read this article, it’s likely that somewhere there’s a whitetail in rut. In January, that somewhere is Alabama, Mississippi and parts of Louisiana. They’ll be rutting in the Florida panhandle into February or later. Even as you stand in your flip-flops cheering the Independence Day fireworks show, …

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When Doe Fawns Breed, It’s a Good Sign

Some doe fawns breed and conceive in their first fall, at around six to eight months of age. The percentage that do this is determined by nutrition – they attain sexual maturity if they reach a specific weight threshold. In general, southern fawns reach it at approximately 70 pounds and northern fawns at approximately 80 …

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Whitetail Bucks Are Not Territorial

A buck can vanish from your hunting area for many reasons: hunting pressure, killed by a neighbor or poacher, hit by a car, died from injuries in a fight with another buck, brain abscess, a long list of freak accidents, and more. Let’s list a factor you don’t have to worry about: Being chased out of …

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What is Wrong With This Strange Buck?

We’ve received photos of some extremely weird deer at QDMA, but the ones I got this week from my friend Ryan Basinger in Alabama deserve a place in the Hall of Strange. Here was a buck with his head thrown back and mouth open in a wolf-like howling pose, in photo after photo. What is …

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So Your Deer Has Warts. Should You Eat It?

Each year, hunters across the whitetail’s range encounter deer with “warts,” like the buck in the photo above, sent to us by QDMA member Evan Heusinkveld. The growths on these deer are cutaneous fibromas and are caused by a papilloma virus. Cutaneous fibromas are hairless tumors that can be found on any part of the …

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