Cooney Creek Wildlife - White-tail Deer Rut

 

Several weeks ago male white-tailed deer began to isolate themselves and engage in dominance establishing behaviors for the breeding season.

Before breeding season starts, males rub tree bark to remove dead and dry velvet that sheathes their antlers.

Rubs and scrapes also act as visual and olfactory cues to reduce conflict between competing males.

Rubs and scrapes also communicate male health, reproductive condition, and dominance rank to females.

One male tails behind a female through the forest north of Home pond.

A female passes in front of the northeast Home pond game camera on November 10th. Minutes later, a male triggers the same camera.

On the morning of November 16th, a male follows a couple of females along a path near Entrance marsh.

If a female does not breed or become pregnant during her first estrus, she may go into estrus again two or more times before the season ends

In 2015, game cameras captured images of 6,520 deer.

Females made up 3,251 (93%) of the 3,493 deer detections with known sex in 2015, while males made up 242 (7%).

Females made up 3,251 (93%) of the 3,493 deer detections with known sex in 2015, while males made up 242 (7%).





 



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