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I have recently seen a group of 3 deer turn into 6 dear. One deer is larger than the others and I thought it was a buck, and I think the others are a doe and a fawn.After the rut is over and the antlers are gone do the buck's move in with the heard? Is it likely that I could find his sheds or do you thin it is a large doe? Thank you, Seth

from trudeau on 12.25.12

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Yep, it could very well have been a shed-antlered buck. The bucks move back in with the does pretty soon after the rut ends, and we're already seeing a few bucks that have shed here in Iowa.

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from 4everAutumn wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I have been watching a group of nine feed together in my back yard tonight. Most are does and fawns, but two are bucks that still have their racks. The two bucks have fought each of the last two nights and seem to keep some distance between each other, but don’t seem to mind the others. I have seen two bucks that have dropped so far. Both are young deer and one looks very sick.

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from JM wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Yes, they get back together after the rut(for many reasons: safety, food, etc.). Without seeing the deer though I can't tell you whether or not it is a buck or a doe. The antlers drop when the testosterone level starts getting back to normal(after the rut). Most deer don't lose their antlers this early, but a few do.

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from 4everAutumn wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

I have been watching a group of nine feed together in my back yard tonight. Most are does and fawns, but two are bucks that still have their racks. The two bucks have fought each of the last two nights and seem to keep some distance between each other, but don’t seem to mind the others. I have seen two bucks that have dropped so far. Both are young deer and one looks very sick.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Yep, it could very well have been a shed-antlered buck. The bucks move back in with the does pretty soon after the rut ends, and we're already seeing a few bucks that have shed here in Iowa.

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from JM wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Yes, they get back together after the rut(for many reasons: safety, food, etc.). Without seeing the deer though I can't tell you whether or not it is a buck or a doe. The antlers drop when the testosterone level starts getting back to normal(after the rut). Most deer don't lose their antlers this early, but a few do.

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