Sunday, 4 December 2011

#97 In the studio: Wildlife reference con't . . .

During the rut, or mating season, the big bucks move into our herd.  The rut is over in our area but now and then a big buck will make an appearance.

Less than a mile up the river there is a herd of whitetail.  The whitetail and mule deer's range overlap on the eastern slope of the Rockies but they do not interbreed.

The whitetail deer's antlers branch from a single main beam while the muley's antlers fork as they grow.   Each spring, after mating season, a buck's antlers start to regrow almost immediately after the old antlers are shed. Shedding typically takes place in mid February, with variations occurring by locale.

Ten-point Whitetail buck
Ten-point Mule Deer

Mule deer buck by our frozen pond

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