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If your tracking deer is there any way to tell the difference between does and bucks? I was thinking maybe tracks or scat.

Question by squirrelhunter7. Uploaded on November 23, 2009

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from MarylandHunter wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

For the tracks when tracking deer, the bucks have the regular 2 hoof print, and then they also have two ovals behind the hoofs, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch, there should be two ovals one on each side of the half moon hoof. Another trick is that if you have a 30.06 cartridge lay it down in between the hoof print. Because if the print is wider than the cartridge than you are on the trail of a big buck. Hope this helps, and goood luck.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

doe prints are closed and pointy where buck prints are more rounded and splayed .

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from pete7330 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

a bucks track is larger than a doe. at times you can figure out how old the buck is by matching how many inches long the buck track is ect. usually the longer and wider the track is the buck is more mature.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I think steve182 has the best answer so far...tracking is more of an art than a science. It takes a lot of time and practice to be able to decide if the track you are following is a buck track or not. Here are some tips, but they are certainly not rules:

-Since mature bucks tend to be larger than does, their tracks tend to be bigger and sink into the ground deeper.

-As steve182 mentioned, doe footprints tend to be closed and pointy, and a buck's is more rounded and splayed.

-If you are following a walking deer on even ground, the front prints of a buck will tend to be slightly outside of their rear prints, due to having a wider chest than hips. On does, the rear prints will fall either right into or slightly to the outside the front prints due to their hips being as wide or wider than their chest.

-If tracking in snow, look to see which deer are dragging their feet. After the rut, bucks are in "energy conservation" mode and do not tend to lift their feet any more than they need to, so they leave drag marks. Also look for antler impressions in the snow, as the buck may be on the trail of a late rutting doe.

Again...these are just tendencies and are by no means "The rules of tracking." The best way to learn is to get out there and look at some tracks.

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from Jobe Stutzman wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

scats a good way does is usually pellets.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

well in snowy areas , it is easy to tell them apart by the drag marks in the snow . a buck will almost always drag his feet . due to exhaustion from running does and the extra weight he carry's in his chest and neck. if the snow gets to deep though six inches or so it is no longer a good indicator of sex . a doe will also leave dew claw marks in soft or muddy conditions like a heavier buck. as bio guy stated its not an exact science

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from klee_2011@hotma... wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

most of the buck tracks i have seen have the dew claws in the dirt. the buck tracks are wider and more round.

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from Lucky wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

A doe will step in her own track. a buck does not

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I think steve182 has the best answer so far...tracking is more of an art than a science. It takes a lot of time and practice to be able to decide if the track you are following is a buck track or not. Here are some tips, but they are certainly not rules:

-Since mature bucks tend to be larger than does, their tracks tend to be bigger and sink into the ground deeper.

-As steve182 mentioned, doe footprints tend to be closed and pointy, and a buck's is more rounded and splayed.

-If you are following a walking deer on even ground, the front prints of a buck will tend to be slightly outside of their rear prints, due to having a wider chest than hips. On does, the rear prints will fall either right into or slightly to the outside the front prints due to their hips being as wide or wider than their chest.

-If tracking in snow, look to see which deer are dragging their feet. After the rut, bucks are in "energy conservation" mode and do not tend to lift their feet any more than they need to, so they leave drag marks. Also look for antler impressions in the snow, as the buck may be on the trail of a late rutting doe.

Again...these are just tendencies and are by no means "The rules of tracking." The best way to learn is to get out there and look at some tracks.

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from MarylandHunter wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

For the tracks when tracking deer, the bucks have the regular 2 hoof print, and then they also have two ovals behind the hoofs, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch, there should be two ovals one on each side of the half moon hoof. Another trick is that if you have a 30.06 cartridge lay it down in between the hoof print. Because if the print is wider than the cartridge than you are on the trail of a big buck. Hope this helps, and goood luck.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

doe prints are closed and pointy where buck prints are more rounded and splayed .

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from pete7330 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

a bucks track is larger than a doe. at times you can figure out how old the buck is by matching how many inches long the buck track is ect. usually the longer and wider the track is the buck is more mature.

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from klee_2011@hotma... wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

most of the buck tracks i have seen have the dew claws in the dirt. the buck tracks are wider and more round.

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from Jobe Stutzman wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

scats a good way does is usually pellets.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

well in snowy areas , it is easy to tell them apart by the drag marks in the snow . a buck will almost always drag his feet . due to exhaustion from running does and the extra weight he carry's in his chest and neck. if the snow gets to deep though six inches or so it is no longer a good indicator of sex . a doe will also leave dew claw marks in soft or muddy conditions like a heavier buck. as bio guy stated its not an exact science

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from Lucky wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

A doe will step in her own track. a buck does not

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