Whitetail deer are some of the most sought-after quarries in North America. Ranging as far south as the Texan border, and as far north as portions of Montana. Hunting for Whitetail deer predates America itself.
Outdoorsmen love to hunt whitetails because of their delicious meat and wild demeanor. Making them excellent quarry in the great outdoors. In feeding areas across the US, these deer can be found from big woods to creek bottoms, and from high desert plains to brushed-up bedding areas.
Whitetail deer description:
The coat of a Whitetail deer ranges from reddish brown during the spring and summer months. To gray-brown during the fall and winter. With a stark white underside that makes its way from its lower abdomen to its tail. This Deers age can be distinguished by both the color of the coat and the length of the snout.
(The older the deer, the longer the snow and higher concentration of gray in the coat.)
Whitetail deer vary in size based on location, gender, and season. The males of the species known as the box can weigh anywhere from 150 pounds to 400 pounds. The heavier deer are usually found further from the equator. Similarly, they range from 88 pounds to 200 pounds, I guess depending on geographic location.
Seasonally, the deer will reach their peak weights during the summer and early fall months. As they stock up for the oncoming winter. The deer will reach their lowest weights during the rut and tail end of winter. This is when food is scarcest, and the hunting season is coming to a close.
The males of the species have antlers with a few exceptions. Bucks with single antlers that do not branch off are referred to as spikes. While older bucks without branching horns/tines are often assumed to have genetic defects. Much of the Deers antler size is dependent on nutritional availability in the environment. For instance, environments, where a black food source is rich in calcium and protein, tend to have bucks with smaller, less prominent, or defective horns.
Many hunters associate the rack, a number of times, and the size of horns with age, assuming that the larger the rack, the older the buck. however, this is often untrue as previously referenced, the nutritional availability in the environment plays a massive factor in the size of a rack.
However, for the most part, healthy deer increase in both size