Big Whitetail Does are Smart Critters

Big Whitetail Does are Smart Critters

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White-tailed does live in colonies that are often complex. These colonies consist of females from maternally related groups, and they can include up to seven social classes. 

The first three categories include fawns, yearlings and/or first-time mothers. Then come the dispersers, which are the second-time mothers. These deer usually make up new homes a quarter-mile or more from their birthing locations. 

The final categories include three levels of matriarchs and, finally, senior “citizens.” Matriarchs are prime-age does ranging from 4 to 10 years old. A doe doesn’t classify for senior status until she reaches age 12. In today’s environment of heavy doe harvesting…



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