By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator
November in the world of the white-tailed deer is full of excitement and purpose. The shortening of daylight triggers a surge in testosterone in the male deer (bucks) and the onset of estrous (breeding condition) in the females (does).
Mother Nature times this event carefully so that 6 months from now, all of the baby deer (fawns) will be born at the same time in mid-May to early June. The period of white-tailed deer breeding activity is known as the rut, a fascinating time in the life of the most-studied species of animal in the world.
Be on the lookout for lots of deer running around over the next few weeks. Night and day, there will be chases and pursuits as the bucks search for females to breed. The unfortunate result of all this racing around is that a lot of deer are hit by cars while crossing roads. This is a time of year that car insurance companies dread!
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