Whitetail Hunting Blog

Deer Adaptations to Survive Winter

Posted by bassnbeau on March 25, 2013

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In the fall, deer grow a specially designed winter coat and begin to store fat. The winter coat has hollow guard hairs for insulation with a fine hair underfur for warmth – this helps them retain body heat, thus reducing energy demands to stay warm. The fat reserve provides nutrition over winter. In addition, deer decrease their metabolic rate during the winter, which reduces food requirements to approximately one half of what they need in

Four ways to guess the age of a buck

Posted by ddanner on March 23, 2013

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Want to make an educated guess at the age of a giant whitetail buck roaming your hunting grounds? Analyze his physical features using Charles Alsheimer’s four-point system: 1. The rack. A buck’s antlers change significantly with age, especially after the age of 3. Most mature bucks will have more antler mass, non-typical points and larger racks until they pass their prime. 2. The body type. Aging deer on the hoof is a popular discussion point

Whitetails in the Spring

Posted by bassnbeau on March 19, 2013

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During the spring, the whitetail deer doe has a very different coat than during the fall and winter months. She loses the thick, grayish coat that she usually has in winter and fall, and the coats becomes a shorter coat that is a reddish tan color, and the hair is thin and wiry as well. This change of the coat occurs to provide the whitetail doe with a cooler coat that is more appropriate for

Why we shoot deer in the wild

Posted by bassnbeau on March 19, 2013

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(A letter from someone who wants to remain anonymous, who farms, writes well and actually tried this) I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much
Whitetails are built to survive. They can withstand extreme droughts and brutal winters. March is the telltale month, however, that dictates whether the young, old, weak and sick animals survive to see another year. Here are 10 facts about deer in winter that will help you better understand America’s greatest game animal. 1. During winter, more than any other time of year, whitetails are driven by their stomachs. The harsh conditions deer endure at this