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Question by akid2009. Uploaded on October 20, 2009
When a deer gets in rut its neck gets big. Rut is when the buck is looking for a mate.
Hormones and exercise. All that rubbing of trees he does helps buid up his neck in preparation for macho contests over breeding rights
The testoterone rises and thier necks begin to swell to get ready to defend thier turf and the hot doe's in thier area its the way mother nature made them a fighting machine.
Hormones increase bloodflow to the area which, combined with the work of scraping and fighting, causes the neck to swell.
I think I will follow the past 5 people, Hormones (hopefully I am not wrong). Think about your "neck" when getting in "rut" swells up right? I think you got the answer if not I am a Health Educator and you could sit in on one of my 5th grade puberty classes haha, just picking with ya. Good luck getting that Big Necked Deer.
during the rut whitetails get a swelled neck to help scare off other smaller deer and attract better mates
Well said country road...hormones and exercise sums it up nicely...+1
Ditto country road. I think mine swells a bit as the rut approaches as well. I wander around, talk to myself, and like Kramer said in Seinfeld when he went to California, though the season might be a month away, "in my mind, I'm already there".
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