Deer Molting: When and Why Deer Lose Their Hair

Deer Molting: When and Why Deer Lose Their Hair

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Deer molting is a sure sign of spring. The reasons why deer lose their hair are fascinating, and yet another sign that Mother Nature knows how to take care of her critters.

A close-up at the whitetail’s molting process. This doe is losing her winter coat – fast. She will soon don the clay-red hairs of summer. (Stealth Cam photo by Daniel Schmidt)

If you have trail cameras out, you’ve probably noticed some really ratty-looking deer out there. I’ve received many inquiries here at D&DH, and the common question is: What’s wrong with the deer? Why are they losing their hair? The answer is rooted in the deer molting process.

There’s nothing wrong with them, actually….



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