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Thursday, December 11, 2008


Where is the best place to find Texas whitetail deer at different times of the day?

The Texas whitetail deer changes locations according to the time of day. In the early morning and dusk hours you can find them along the edge of brushy areas, even into the middle of pastures, meadows and open spaces. They will be actively grazing on grasses and browse at these times. Typically Texas whitetail deer like to be relatively close to pine, hardwood or brushy areas to be able to quickly take cover. In the afternoon hours and the bright daylight they are found in deeper wooded areas in well sheltered and protected locations. During this time they are resting, ready to feed again at sunset. They will often feed well into nightfall, then again retreat to their bedding areas to rest and digest the food.

Most Texas whitetail deer don’t travel too far from their home range area unless there is a shortage of food. Since managed locations such as Escondido Ranch carefully control the population of the deer and other species there is little need for the animals to travel during daylight hours.

When is the breeding season for Texas whitetail deer?

The rut always begins in the mid to late fall and produces the most activity within both bucks and does. The general timeframe for the rut at Escondido Ranch is November through to the first half of December. The fawns are born approximately 7 months later with twins being common within the whitetail herd. The doe will carefully hide her young for 10 days or so, during which time she will return frequently throughout the day and night to nurse. Once the fawn or fawns are strong enough to get away from predators and the move about with ease they will follow her out onto the flatter open areas and begin showing an interest in grazing themselves.
The females will come into season around the two year mark although with excellent grazing and environmental conditions they may successfully be bred earlier.

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