Summer is coming to an end, and that means the start of an even bigger season is about here, deer season!
Now, I’m sad to report that I haven’t been hunting since before I was a teenager. I’ve always believed that the best hunter knows as much as he can about his target. Here is a short list of the most interesting facts I’ve found about the whitetails I hope to score this season:
- The Whitetail Deer is the most abundant Big Game animal in North America.
- Deer swim well and at a good pace. They have been clocked at speeds up to 13 miles per hour.
- About 40 percent of the young does may breed in their first autumn so that they give birth when they are one year old.
- Antler growth is usually complete by the end of August.
- Whitetails have an average life span of 8 to 11 years.
- A Whitetail buck will shed his antlers every year, usually sometime in late December through February.
- A whitetail buck usually weighs 130 to 220 pounds, but have been recorded at well over 350 pounds.
- Deer do not have a gall bladder on their livers. This allows them to eat vegetation that would kill domestic animals.
- Deer need 10 to 12 pounds of food per day to satisfy their needs.
- Recent Estimates put the Deer Population in the United States at around 30 million animals.