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do all older mature whitetail deer (bucks and does) have a different color body hair than he young deer? if so whats the difference in color like is mature deer hair darker or is a youger deer har darker?

Question by littlekid15. Uploaded on November 03, 2011

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from gking86 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I think that color varies wildly in deer, even slightly some season to season. I know that color can be different regionally as well. I would assume that there is some difference between old and young deer, but I don't think I could tell from the stand.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

In my neck of the woods coat color can vary widely. We had deer stocked here from atleast 4 distinctly different areas, and one distinct sub-species. I see deer of all sorts of colors and trait combos in the same herd.

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from huntnow wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Where I hunt older and more mature deer will have more grey hair while the younger ones will have more brown/tan hair.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

i havent necessarily seen a difference in deer hair....in the summer they are all a reddish color, fall brown, winter they turn grey. havent seen age be a factor.

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from wildcaller11 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

i know a look at the muscle structure is a good indicator. a young buck will have less mass, having a doe-like shape, not to say the old does don't get big. a mature buck will have larger shoulders and a relatively thick neck out of rut, and a massive, thick, tree trunk-like neck in rut.

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from Will Hughey wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

i think it depends on so many factors (season, age, habitat) that it can vary widely

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from gking86 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I think that color varies wildly in deer, even slightly some season to season. I know that color can be different regionally as well. I would assume that there is some difference between old and young deer, but I don't think I could tell from the stand.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

In my neck of the woods coat color can vary widely. We had deer stocked here from atleast 4 distinctly different areas, and one distinct sub-species. I see deer of all sorts of colors and trait combos in the same herd.

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from huntnow wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Where I hunt older and more mature deer will have more grey hair while the younger ones will have more brown/tan hair.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

i havent necessarily seen a difference in deer hair....in the summer they are all a reddish color, fall brown, winter they turn grey. havent seen age be a factor.

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from wildcaller11 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

i know a look at the muscle structure is a good indicator. a young buck will have less mass, having a doe-like shape, not to say the old does don't get big. a mature buck will have larger shoulders and a relatively thick neck out of rut, and a massive, thick, tree trunk-like neck in rut.

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from Will Hughey wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

i think it depends on so many factors (season, age, habitat) that it can vary widely

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