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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Deer Can See You Even When They’re Eating

Here’s a fun and cool experiment in deer biology: the next time you sit down to a meal, first look around for any potential threats, like predators or fire or your loudmouthed Uncle Floyd who wants to join your hunting club. All safe? Next, bend your head down and press your nose to your biscuit, …

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Did This Doe Have Six Fawns?

QDMA member Shawn Koontz of Pennsylvania captured some phenomenal trail-camera photos on July 13, and he asked me about them. The photos show an adult doe in the company of six fawns (one of them is difficult to see but is standing behind the doe). Did this doe give birth to six fawns? Given the …

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When Do Fawns Begin Eating Natural Forage?

This great photo of a young fawn taking a bite of hopclover was captured by Vermont forester and wildlife expert Susan C. Morse and it helps answer an interesting question about fawns: When do they wean off milk and onto plants and other forage? Let’s look at the timeline of fawn development. Most fawns are born …

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