The age of a Whitetail buck will determine how large the antlers will grow each year as long as the buck stays healthy.
Spike bucks are usually young bucks. If an older buck has spikes, it may be that the buck wasn’t getting enough food to eat or the right kind of food to stay healthy.
Antlers will come in different sizes and shape.
Bucks will shed their antlers and grow new ones every year. A larger and older buck most of the time will shed their antlers before younger bucks. A buck in good condition will more likely shed their antlers before a buck that is in poor condition.
First year bucks will have buttons or some call them nubs, in a place where their antlers will grow.
Doing the time a buck antler is growing; if it gets damage it can deform the antler. They can damage their antlers by hitting it on a tree branch, or etc. They also can also damage their antlers by fighting with other bucks. The antlers also get a lot of wear and damage doing the rutting season.
The bucks antlers will fall off around March , they will grown new antlers in the spring time
There are photos of bucks here of different sizes and age.
Time to dance
This Whitetail Doe is doing a happy dance now that cooler weather is here in KY. In warmer weather big flies are bad; they get on the deer and bite them, leaving a type of large bump on their skin. In time the bumps goes away.
One of the ways that deer removes the flies is to go into bushes and rub them off. They also will use their hoofs to scratch off the flies,
The photos here were taken late in Oct. Photographer Ella Clem Facebook
Seasons in our life
When we are young, we are in spring time, everything is new to us, and we are still learning about life. We take more chances, knowing that is part of learning. At times we don’t know what direction to go in, what job do we want? Where do we want to live? Who do we want to spend our life with? There is so many questions that we want to know the answers to.
Next comes summer, by that time we have answer some of our questions that we had when we were younger. We are more mature and starting to understand what is important in our lives and what isn’t.
By the time fall is here, we are starting to slow down some and that is O.k. We know that we must start taking better care of our bodies, it needs to last us a long time.
We can make changes in our life, if there are things in our life that we want to change. Perhaps moving to another location, or changing jobs, etc. Most choices that we had made in the past, aren't set in stone.
Winter time is when we can look back over the seasons. We have come a long way in understanding ourselves and other people. The most important things in our lives are our love ones. We have more time now to enjoy what Mother Nature has made for us.
The mating season for the Whitetail deer is in the fall. If the temperature goes above 40 degrees, the bucks will slow down, and do less traveling hunting for the females. They don’t want to get dehydrated and become overheated. The does will ran away from the bucks that chase after them until they are ready to breed. It is the does that will pick which buck they want to breed with. The photos here was taken in November.
Big buck and little buck meets for lunch and a talk. You can see the nubs on top of this year young buck. Mother deer has taught him all she knows and he is now following the larger bucks around, and learning what they know about living. Photos taken in the fall.
Mother Deer, on watch
Mother deer says to her daughter, “Stay near me”; as she calls for her son to join them. Mother deer, is telling her daughter that there is something coming down the road and she isn’t sure what it is yet.
The son comes running and jumps over the rock fence to join his mother and sister. Mother deer watches as a buck goes by on the other side of the trees. She tells her kids that everything is OK now, and they can go back to eating.
The photos here were taken this fall. The deer has their winter coats on.