Button Buck Disguise Almost Worked for This Doe

A Missouri doe nearly made a getaway with a very unusual disguise. Tufts of long black hair on its head, in the same location antlers would grow if it were male, made the deer look a lot like a button buck. Allen Morris, a QDMA Life Member and Level III QDMA Deer Steward from Missouri, was completely convinced …

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What Good Are Deer Whiskers?

Although deer are among the most studied mammals, there are many questions that have yet to be answered. One such question is right under our nose – or, more accurately, right beside theirs. We are referring to “deer whiskers.” Also known as vibrissae, these long specialized hairs are located in complex patterns around a white-tailed …

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Weird Whitetail Buck Had a Mane!

When I opened an e-mail from QDMA member Tony Smith of Wisconsin, I learned something new about whitetails: very rarely they grow manes of short, bristly hair on the backs of their necks. The photos above and below show a buck that Tony and his son Elliott named “Righty.” They photographed him in 2012 and …

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Adrianna’s First Deer: A Doe with Antlers

Driven by the memory of tasty venison dishes at her grandparent’s home, Adrianna Cockerill of Eastover, South Carolina, was determined to become a deer hunter and carry the family tradition of providing deer meat for the table. She didn’t hunt on August 15, opening day of the 2014 deer season in eastern South Carolina because …

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Mystery of Three-Legged Wisconsin Buck Solved

An interesting mystery has been solved, but the end of the story of an incredible Wisconsin buck is not entirely a happy one. The mysterious buck first appeared in QDMA member Todd Reabe’s trail-camera in November 2012. It appeared healthy except for one obvious problem: Its right hind leg had been crippled in some mishap …

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