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Whitetail Deer Scientific Name Odocileus Virginianus Deer are hoofed animals which grow about six feet long and 3 to 4 feet high They are reddish or grayish in color depending on the season Their weight usually is different between the male buck and the female doe although the larger bucks may be over 400 pounds The natural life span of a whitetail is 11 to 12 years 17 to 20 yrs in captivity although many live for less time since they are either hunted or killed by predators It is believed that where deer are hunted they live for only about 15 years There are three types of deer the grazers who eat grass the intermediate feeders who eat a variety of foods and concentrate selectors who eat mostly browse Browse consists of leaves twigs and a various assortment of shoots and vines The type of eater a deer is depends on the deers geographic location changes in climate and genetics Most deer are intermediate feeders and eat anything that they can find A deers breeding habits change and are in 4 different sections The Prerut The prerut brings about a great change in the whitetails behavior They becomes more aggressive towards other deer Bucks by far go through the largest behaviorial change while the does usually spend this time eating and allowing their bodies to prepare for the rut The Rut The rut is the time during which deer mate It usually lasts for as long as does are in estrus which is about 2 to 4 days Doe and Bucks may mate several times during this period after which bucks find a new mate The Postrut After the rut bucks are left tired and exhausted Most deer spend this time eating and storing fat for the winter months ahead Some does which didnt
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