Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Some Interesting Deer Facts

My Facebook friend Terry Brennan's photo called, Looking Back!

The average range of a deer in Mississippi is one square mile, but this range is variable.   Some deer move much more than others, and ranges in excess of seven or eight miles have been noted.

An adult deer consumes seven to eight pounds of forage a day, depending on the season of the year, age of the animal and quality of the food.

Deer are color blind, but they can see well at night and detect very slight movements. Whitetails really see the world in shades of gray.  They do not see the orange color worn by deer hunters as we do.  But an entire jacket of one color is more easily detected than the different colored shades of camouflage.

Deer weights vary around the state.  How much a deer weighs depends on its sex and age, fertility of the soil, size of the deer herd and other factors.  

The weight (field dressed) of a one and one-half-year-old buck will generally be between 70 and 100 pounds.  Weights of buck two and one-half years or older are normally between 90 and 130 pounds.  Does are smaller then bucks and weight 20 to 50 pounds less.

Male deer lose their antlers each year, normally around March or April.  There are exceptions. Bucks in the state have been known to shed horns as early as the first week in January. Usually antler growth begins during each spring and is completed around late September or early October when fully hardened and polished antlers appear.

There are three basic elements needed for good antler development.  First is nutrition.  A deer must have enough of the right kinds of food present.  For example, some species of honeysuckle or greenbriar should be available on a year-round basis for any deer herd.  The buck must be old enough to have a well-developed rack.  And, if proper genetics are not present in the deer, antler size will be reduced.

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