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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.


The bucks are just now beginning to shed their antlers. I found one small buck that had already shed, but the larger bucks appear to still have their antlers.

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marti.arch 11 years ago

Nice picture..I am missing that snow...

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Thanks for the kind words. It was a very pretty morning this morning with fresh snow on the trees. Perfect for a walk in the woods....

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

beautiful series!

Tom15 11 years ago

Great picture of a buck!

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Feb 14, 2013
Submitted on Feb 14, 2013

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