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Should deer be breeding?

Ralph Rivera had that very question the first week of March, when he looked out his window
in Berks County and saw a rack buck and doe walking together across a pasture field, then
breeding and bedding together. He snapped a photo, pointing out the blown-up image, while
grainy, gives you a feel for the size of the buck's rack, which can be seen on the left. Ralph also
wondered how unusual it is for a buck to hold onto its antlers this long.

"While the majority of does are bred by the end of November, breeding events can take place
sporadically each winter - even into March. Breeding that occurs after the peak of rut (the first
two weeks in November) usually involves doe fawns born the previous spring. Doe fawns may
come into estrous their first fall, if they reach 80 to 90 pounds. Most doe fawns do not reach
this critical size by their first fall, but some do. Whether this was a doe fawn experiencing her
first estrous cycle or an adult doe in estrous, she would be in the extreme minority. Also, it is
impossible to determine if this was actual breeding activity. Bucks, especially young bucks,
have been known to mount deer and other things. This type of behavior could be mistaken for
breeding. The fact this buck still had antlers in March is well within the norm, regardless of
receptive females in the area. It is common for some bucks to hold their antlers into March.
Natural variation and general health contribute to the timing of antler drop, which can occur as
early as December or as late as March. I also have been asked whether only bucks with antlers
are able to breed. It is a misconception that shed-antler bucks are unable to breed. Although
a buck's drive to reproduce declines, the potential exists for all bucks to successfully breed
receptive does well into spring."

- Jeannine Fleegle

Deer & Elk Section

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