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Is it possible to tell a buck from a doe, just by its droppings?

Question by Dixie Lee. Uploaded on November 23, 2009

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I don't think so... but that does sound interesting.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

You can tell a mature deer from a young deer by it's droppings.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I don't think so.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I don'tthink you can tell the sex.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Not unless you have a better nose than me.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

The doe droppings don't taste quite as strong as a buck's. LOL

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

WAM and you know this WHY? (just jokin!)

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

No. They the same.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

No. They the same

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Not that I know of. There look the same.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Buckhunter, i suspected those big clumps were buck droppings. Thanks

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I relay that taste test data point from an old Kansas hunter, not from personal experience! LOL

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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?

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I agree, i've noticed for years

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from MLH wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from Jobe Stutzman wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I hunt ohio ag land and ive noticed bucks to clump more.

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from buckboynick wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

bucks might be bigger

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from codyboyd wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

i dnt think so

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

The doe droppings don't taste quite as strong as a buck's. LOL

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I don't think so... but that does sound interesting.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

You can tell a mature deer from a young deer by it's droppings.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Not unless you have a better nose than me.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

WAM and you know this WHY? (just jokin!)

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I relay that taste test data point from an old Kansas hunter, not from personal experience! LOL

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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?

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I agree, i've noticed for years

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from MLH wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I don't think so.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I don'tthink you can tell the sex.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

No. They the same.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

No. They the same

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Not that I know of. There look the same.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

Buckhunter, i suspected those big clumps were buck droppings. Thanks

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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.

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from Jobe Stutzman wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I hunt ohio ag land and ive noticed bucks to clump more.

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from buckboynick wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

bucks might be bigger

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from codyboyd wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

i dnt think so

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

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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