Time to Roam: What to Know About Whitetail Buck Dispersal

Time to Roam: What to Know About Whitetail Buck Dispersal

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Researchers have determined the amount of forest cover is an important factor influencing dispersal patterns in white-tailed bucks, whereas deer density has minimal influence. (Photo: Getty Images)

Research reveals how forest cover influences buck relocation behavior.

Editor’s note: The author first reported on this topic in the October 2005 issue of Deer & Deer Hunting.

Deer disperse when they move away from their birth range and establish a new adult home range. Although there are exceptions, most white-tailed does move relatively short distances from where they were born to where they live as adults. As a result, they tend to retain overlapping home ranges with related…



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