weird deer

My Birthday Buck Had Upper Canine Teeth. Yes, Deer Fangs!

Sep 13, 2023 Cheyne Matzenbacher

Fangs on a whitetail? Yes, both whitetails and mule deer can sometimes grow small, upper canine teeth. I was aware of this rare phenomenon in deer, but I got some hands-on experience in fall 2022…

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5 Things Deer Hunters Should Know About Deer Warts

Feb 12, 2023 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Deer warts are one of the most easily visible diseases of whitetails, and every year deer hunters ask us about this health problem. Deer warts are hairless black or gray tumors caused by a type…

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Melanistic Whitetails: How Rare Are Black Deer?

May 16, 2022 Hunter Pruitt

This article was updated on May 16, 2022. Each fall, deer hunters see or harvest albino or piebald whitetails and discuss what a rare occurrence that is. But an even greater rarity exists: melanistic whitetails….

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Some Piebald Deer Suffer Fatal Deformities

Mar 23, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Piebald deer are the result of a rare genetic trait that causes a mix of white hair patches among patches of the normal “brown” deer color. The genetic mutation causes these patches of skin to…

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Deer Mange Looks Bad. Is It A Concern for Deer Populations?

Jul 7, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Got the itch for deer season? If not, this recent photo of a doe with mange ought to get you scratching. The photo above, taken on July 1 in Alabama, shows a classic case of…

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Deer Instincts Can Trigger Weird Behaviors, Like This Doe Eating a Dead Fawn

Jun 29, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

A lot of deer behavior is pre-programmed, not learned. The way they react to certain stimuli is instinctual as a result of millions of years of testing, with death serving as an effective cancellation of…

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Why Does That Deer Look So Raggedy?

Mar 31, 2021 NDA Staff

Many concerned sportsmen and women report “unhealthy” or raggedy looking deer in the spring because they see or get trail-camera images of deer with notable hair loss. A common misunderstanding is that these deer have…

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Freak Buck Had Corneal Dermoids. Yes, Hairy Eyeballs.

Feb 17, 2021 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

In the first 6 months that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offered a new “Report Sick Deer” button on their website, the hotline netted one of the weirdest sick whitetails in history, one of only…

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A New Clue in the Unsolved Mystery of Bullwinkle Deer

Oct 28, 2020 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

We now know the guilty bacteria causing the condition that for at least 18 years has been transforming a few, rare, unlucky whitetails into Bullwinkle Deer. But that’s about all we know. Mannheimia granulomatis is…

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This Strange Buck Was a Throwback to Extinct Whitetail Ancestors

Jun 12, 2019 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Each one of us is the product of our ancestors, and more recent relatives have the greatest influence on who we are. But sometimes, through the weird acoustics of the sprawling genetic cave from which…

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