Whitetail Research

What Times The Rut? A Year In The Life Of The Whitetail Deer

What times the Rut?

By the time you read this, the peak of the rut should be pretty much history for most of the state. However, if you should happen to be hunting in the extreme southwestern corner of the state, you can still look forward to a rut peaking sometime in mid-De
Understanding How Whitetail Deer See The World Around Them

Through the eyes of a deer

You’ve just topped over a little rise, and there he stands – less than 100 yards away. Looking straight at you! You freeze, but you know you’ve been spotted. You know that at any instant he’s going to bolt. But amazingly, after a short while he drops his
Makin’ Tracks: Understanding What To Look For When Tracking Whitetails

Makin’ tracks

What would be more appropriate for this final article in the “Year in the Life of the White-tailed Deer” series than an article on deer tracks? Tracks certainly are the most important evidence, and sometimes the only evidence, that a deer has been in the
The First Months Of A Whitetail Fawn

The First Months

Early summer is a time of plenty in the deer woods, but there are many dangers as well, especially for vulnerable newborn fawns. During the first few weeks of life, the fawn’s main defense against predators is to hide. Contrary to popular belief, the fawn
The Tarsal Gland, A Whitetail’s Signature

A Whitetail's Signature - The Tarsal Gland

A WHITETAIL’S SIGNATURE – THE TARSAL GLAND Karl V. Miller Warnell School of Forest Resources University of Georgia When human beings meet, we recognize each other on sight by identifying facial features, or perhaps by voice patterns. Not so with deer! Alt
Understanding The Role Of The Scrape

The role of the scrape

A Year in the Life of the White-tailed Deer The role of the scrape Karl V. Miller School of Forest Resources University of Georgia While antler rubs are pretty simple signposts that involve only scent from the forehead glands, a scrape involves several sc
How well do deer hear?

How well do deer hear?

A Year in the Life of the White-tailed Deer How well do deer hear? Karl V. Miller School of Forest Resources University of Georgia So, just how good are a deer’s ears? Can they hear your muffled cough at 200 yards? Can they hear those deer whistles that y
The Whitetail Deer Coat: A Coat of Many Functions

A Coat of Many Functions

Spring is in the air, and it’s time to put those heavy winter jackets and camouflage coveralls away and pull out the shorts and t-shirts. Out in the woods, deer likewise are changing their attire from the dark-colored heavy winter coat to a lighter, reddi
Understanding Buck Rubs: What’s all this rubbing about

What’s all this rubbing about?

What’s all this rubbing about? A Year in the Life of the White-tailed Deer School of Forest Resources University of Georgia Rising levels of testosterone circulating in the buck’s blood toward the end of summer have caused the final maturation of the antl
Winter Is Antler Casting Time For Whitetail Deer

Winter is Antler Casting Time

Last fall, they were weapons of critical importance in the competition among bucks for breeding privileges. Now, with the rut over, they’re nothing more than useless, dead bones sticking to the buck’s head, waiting to be cast so the antler growth process
The Magic of Deer Antlers

The Magic of Deer Antlers

Throughout the summer, while the does are busy raising fawns, bucks are enjoying a life of leisure. Since the end of the rut last winter, bucks have regrouped into bachelor groups and have been rebuilding body condition in anticipation of this fall’s bree
Day One: The Birth Of A Fawn

Day One – The Birth of a Fawn

Spring has arrived and there is new life in the forest. Abundant rains and warm temperatures have transformed the starkness of winter into a lush green landscape. Almost overnight, the new growth of spring forbs, grasses, and vines provides an abundance o