Young Buck

The picture above is an oldie but a goodie, taken in September of last year. Check out this weeks picture of a young buck. While other deers’ antlers are more fully developed at this time, this young buck is probably 1 or 2 years old and is slowly developing his first or second set of antlers.”Male deer are called bucks, female deer are called does, and baby deer are called fawns. The male deer has antlers that come out of bone plates in his head. When the antlers begin to grow, they have a thin layer of felt covering them. Males will scratch their antlers against trees to get rid of the felt. Once a male is fully grown, he will start to develop antlers during the mating season, known as a rut. During the rut, the males within the same range will fight for mating privileges. Deer generally live to be about 10 years in the wild, but they can survive up to 20 years in captivity.Mating season for the white tailed deer takes place between January and February. “(

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