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Question by Dixie Lee. Uploaded on November 23, 2009
I don't think so... but that does sound interesting.
You can tell a mature deer from a young deer by it's droppings.
I don't think so.
I don'tthink you can tell the sex.
Not unless you have a better nose than me.
The doe droppings don't taste quite as strong as a buck's. LOL
WAM and you know this WHY? (just jokin!)
No. They the same.
No. They the same
Not that I know of. There look the same.
YES! Doe dropping are seperated where bucks are usually in one large ball. This is from does browsing in the fields and bucks browsing more in the woods.
Buckhunter, i suspected those big clumps were buck droppings. Thanks
Sorry, steve, but I wouldn't buy that one. I have personally observed both bucks and does standing in one spot and dumping in a sticky pile. Kinda doesn't make sense to me either. The buck's poo would likely be drier if he's feeding more on brushy browse and less on rich cultivated farm food. I would think that the richer feed from the fields might make the turds runnier or at least wetter and therefore more likely to clump together.
Buckhunter I don't agree. Clingy poop tends to be from deer feeding on soft mast. In my experience bucks don't have a monopoly on clingy it. All pill size tells you is that the deer was large or small. As for a taste test some of my more distant friends report that poop from and old buck does have a pronounced gamey flavor. I'll take their word for it...
I relay that taste test data point from an old Kansas hunter, not from personal experience! LOL
For the most part...no. There is some truth to what Buckhunter stated...feces composition and clumpiness is related to what deer are eating, and throughout the year, bucks and does may feed on very different items, which can make a buck's poo distinguishable from a doe's poo, but to positively identify a pile of poo as coming from buck or a doe 100% of the time is impossible.
Beekeeper is right it all has to do with what they eat. In AK moose eat lots of lilly pads and soft mast in the summer and there poo looks somewhat like a cow pie. In the fall and winter they leave piles of large pellets. The primary food at that time is willow twigs. A big buck might leave a larger pellet than a doe but I would put more store in the tracks. The best way to ID a buck by his tracks is to see him making them.
I agree that nothing is 100% but you would think as the seasons change and the food sources differ that you would notice that the poo has also changed. I know that poo in the corn field and poo under the acorn trees and poo in the apple orchards are all the same poo.
But consistantly, year around, the bucks poo is clumped together and the does is not. Maybe it's just my area?
I agree, i've noticed for years
A dag-gone doe left a sticky clumpy pile in my backyard just yesterday morning. Saw it coming but was too late to run her off. Stepped on a few of her piles this year while mowing the lawn.
I hunt ohio ag land and ive noticed bucks to clump more.
bucks might be bigger
i dnt think so
When trying to determine the sex of the dumper, you must look at all the available evidence, including tracks (reading prints is easier than reading feces), size of the scat, proximity to rubs or scrapes maybe. In snow, was the deer dragging its feet. Did it piss in one spot,(squatting like a girl) or spray as it walked? Bucks that don't crap a clump tend to scatter larger pellets about, as does seem to crap in a neater pile. After years of observation we notice tendencies, none are 100%, but nobody's claiming 100% accuracy. Just my observations.
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