Deer Update

I’m observing the local deer herd several times a week, hoping to learn more about their behavior in response to the changing seasons.

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Most of the bucks have rubbed and polished their antlers……….

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But not all. There is more variation in the timing of velvet removal than I realized, especially with respect to mature bucks like this one:

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We usually watch deer in fields, because we can, which doesn’t always tell the whole story. In wooded areas, acorns and other hard, dry fruits are a highly nutritious and desirable food source that can be critical for winter survival and fawn production. A doe and her two fawns frequent the Red Oak trees at the edge of my property at least once a day (after they’ve foraged on my wild apples!):

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“Button buck” fawn eating Red Oak acorns

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Red Oak acorn

This adult doe is an “urban” deer, feeding on Red Oak acorns at the edge of a golf course, within sight of noisy patrons:

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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