According to the University of Michigan BioKIDS site, whitetail deer rut between October and December. Most whitetails mate in their second year. Babies are born in the spring following a gestation that lasts approximately seven months.
An article in The Noble Foundation newsletter expands the definition of "rut" to include not only the peak breeding time, but also the behaviors and activities associated with it. Males are more aggressive with other deer, but these scuffles are usually short-lived contests of shoving and pushing. Other typical pre-rut, nocturnal activities, such as rubbing against trees and scraping the ground to establish territory, are initiated by the males as they prepare for the rutting season to begin.Learn More
In the Disney film, Bambi is a whitetail deer. In the book "Bambi: A Life in the Woods," written by Felix Sultan, Bambi is a Black Forest roe deer.Full Answer >
Deer lick salt because salt supplements their diet, providing nutrients and minerals missing in other food sources. These includes magnesium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc. Lactating females require salt, as do young bucks for the purpose of antler growth.Full Answer >
Female deer are commonly called does but may also be referred to as hinds or cows. Male deer are commonly called stags but are also known as harts, bucks or bulls, while young deer are known as calfs or fawns.Full Answer >
The biggest deer to ever be killed is a whitetail buck that measured approximately 307 inches on the Boone and Crocket system, and was dubbed "Iowa's walking world record" in the February 2002 issue of North American Whitetail magazine. This buck was killed by a 15-year-old named Tony Lovstuen on the afternoon of September 29, 2003, during the special youth season. A muzzleloader was used, and the fatal 70-yard shot hit the midsection of the whitetail buck.Full Answer >