The Whitetail Buck Visits
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After tending my horses in the afternoon at The Paso Fino Horse Farm in the Catskills of New York State, I returned to our barn to find this Whitetail Buck roaming around. I, of course, had my Nikon camera handy. I have seen a lot of this particular Buck. We call him Buckie. I have taken many photographs of him. We believe we have seen this particular deer since he was a fawn. He had a twin brother that we have not seen for years. We have been able to see him grow over the years. His rack is beginning to grow for this season. Here is some information about Whitetail Deer:
The whitetail deer is one of the best known and easily recognized large mammals and can be found around the world. They are native to every continent except for Australia and Antarctica. Other members of the deer family found in North America include the elk, moose, caribou, mule deer and blacktail deer. You can see them walking through town, grazing in the fields or rotting on the side of the road. In short, they are everywhere.
There are about 100 types of deer (30 recognized), all of which have some characteristics in common. Deer are members of the order Artiodactyle, which simply means that they have hoofs with an even number of toes.
Whitetails are herbivores, feeding on a large variety of plant materials such as tender young leaves, stems, shoots and in some areas acorns. Deer also seek out mushrooms and wild fruits and will feed on man's agricultural crops, such as corn and soybeans, often causing considerable damage. Like cows, sheep and goats, deer are ruminants (cud chewers).
The adult whitetail deer's weight averages from about 100 to 350 pounds. Mature males are generally larger than the females. The whitetail is an ungulate, or hoofed animal, with each foot ending in a cloven or two piece hoof. The under parts of the deer's body are white with a white patch on the throat and another smaller band of white around the nose. The underside of the tail is also white. The upper body parts are colored reddish brown during the warmer months but in the fall, whitetail deer molt into their winter coats of dark, grayish brown. For several months of the year, male whitetail deer, known as bucks, are easily recognized by the presence of antlers on their head, which the females, known as does, lack. They are the only animal that posses antlers. Don't forget, they are antlers NOT HORNS! One unique fact about antlers is that they are the fastest growing living tissue on the face of the earth. They are shed annually and are in most cases only found on males. While growing, antlers have a sensitive tissue on the outside know as velvet. When the antlers are fully grown this layer is shed, revealing the solid bone like structure which makes up the bulk of the antler.
Male deer may be called buck, bulls, stags or harts. Femaile deer may be called does, cows or hinds. Young deer are known as fawns or calfs. Deer are ruminants, also know as cud chewers. The whitetail deer are able to run at 40 mph and can swim at 13 mph.
This information is from this link: http://www.norcrossws.org/Animals/Deer%20information.htm
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June 24th, 2013
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