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White-tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus


White-tailed deer vary in size across their range with the smallest subspecies living in southern Florida and ranging to animals that on the average are twice that size in the northern part of their range. Average sized deer in Minnesota weigh 180 lbs. or more. They are reddish brown in the summer and tend toward gray/brown in the winter. Males are larger than females and have antlers that are shed and regrown annually.


White-tailed deer have a wide range across much of the US and Canada, in a number of different habitats. They tend to avoid large open areas and are most often found in brushy forests and along tree-lined rivers in grasslands. Increasing numbers are found in suburban parks and mature wooded yards.


This is the season of the rut for whitetails in our area. In the second photo two bucks approach each other warily. They will fight, but these two animals, due to their living on a small island, almost certainly know each other and knows who would win a battle so they avoid direct confrontation. A few bluffs and snorts and the confrontation is settled.

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39 Comments (1–25)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 8 years ago

Thanks all for your comments and kind words....

The second photo is great!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Congrats Gordon! Great spot!

Jellis 9 years ago

Great spotting. Right time right place

DanielHernández 9 years ago

amazing!!! =)

FrancisQuintana 9 years ago

Excellent! Congrats!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Very very nice! Congrats!

AnoopPBhaskar 9 years ago

Beautiful :)

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Thanks everyone for all the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the photo and story!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow Congratulations Gordon what a wonderful shot :)

KarenL 9 years ago

Wonderful shot! Congratulations Gordon!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Perfect honor for such lovely capture....Lovely Mammal.... Congrats Gordon..

Tyann 9 years ago

fantastic spotting

ForestDragon 9 years ago

A wonderful SOTD! I suppose it's handy having antlers when you have an itch on your back and don't have hands!

Ryan21 9 years ago

Great Spotting and Photos and Congratulations for SOTD!

congratulations Gordon,perfect spotting,great photos,great info,thanks for sharing

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

This is one of those just perfect photos, Gordon. Congratulations.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Superb! Congratulations!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Lovely series of photos! Congratulations on your Spotting of the Day!

Atul 9 years ago

Lovely shots Gordon ..congrats :)

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Congratulations Gordon

Jeannette 9 years ago

Congratulations :)

p.young713 9 years ago

Congrats! Gordon!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Congratulations Gordon! A beautiful image.

Congratulations Gordon on this SOTD!

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Nov 3, 2012
Submitted on Nov 4, 2012


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