Rut Tracker: Trail Camera Photos December 20

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This “buck” fawn could easily be shot for a doe. The fawn is perhaps 70 percent the size of a mature doe and the on-end hair distorts size. A fawns profile is generally square like a suitcase. They also have a triangular shaped head (pug nose). A mature doe’s profile is rectangular like a suitcase and their head is shaped like a Coke bottle (long nose).
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This young buck could cast his antlers any day now. Injury or stress causes even earlier casting. When taking late season does, it is wise to give them a good look and look for raw or scabbed over areas where antlers detached. A drop in testosterone levels caused antlers to shed.
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This buck has shifted from feeding on standing corn to eating late-season rye grain sprouts. Recent warm weather in the northeast as greened up some green plot plantings and is providing fresh growth to hungry deer. A cold snap and hard freeze will send him back to standing corn.
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This little guy is a new arrival. Hunting pressure in the neighborhood no doubt ran him out of his home territory and into the safe haven of our property. He very likely has found a new home and next year will show up sporting a nice full set of antlers. Small antlers as a yearling do not mean small antlers in later life.
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Most of our daylight pictures are of feeding deer on green plots either late at night or from 8-9 in the morning. Last week many were taken in the rain. Deer feed willingly in the rain and although it makes for a wet hunt, don’t let a rainy day deter you.