10 Weird Parasites that Live Inside Deer

You may not want to know what I’m about to tell you: Whitetails are virtual school buses for parasites. They are packed from nose to tail with mucus-covered lifeforms. The good news is these parasites are all completely harmless to people, and if you’d like to remain happily ignorant of their existence, I suggest you …

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No Link Between Moon Phase and Rut Peak

Rut timing infographic
This graphic, produced by QDMA for an article in Quality Whitetails magazine, illustrates a fact that has stood up to repeated scientific testing over the years: The moon does not have a detectable influence on the timing of whitetail breeding. Scientists have known for decades that the length of daylight each day, which fluctuates throughout the …

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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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