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Question by squirrelgirl. Uploaded on April 21, 2010
With good optics you can sometimes see the pedicles, but to a trained eye, you will notice slight differences in the head/face...sometimes behavior will give them away also (for example, in the early winter, bucks often chase other deer off a food source until they've had their fill.) From a distance, your guess is as good as mine!
The tarsal glands on the inside of the hind legs are stained almost black during the rut and stay that way until spring and by that time the new antlers can be seen.
I've noticed that my bucks are back to the same habits and bedding areas they were prior to the season. My does are feeding heavily in the fields nearly all day supporting the unborn fawns.
Physically I look for a larger chest or as bio guy said the pedicles.
Body mass is the best indicator. Bucks usually run a lot heavier bodied than does, and does are slimmer in the legs, shoulders and rumps. This doesn't apply to most yearling deer and fawns.
crm3006 is right also a buck has a much bigger head and neck. The doe has a long thin neck and slender nose. A couple times I have shot mature bucks by ID'ing the body when I could not see antlers. My tag was good for a doe if I was wrong and I was right both times. It's easy if you know what to look for.
Del and crm3006 said it best. I would say size is the best indicator to look for. Doe do have a slender nose also but of course that isn't always 100% true.
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