An interesting research on white-tailed deer is the observation of their movement during the breeding season. Researchers from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division, for example, observe and predict the rut timing in most areas in Texas.Continue Reading
The whitetails are the most abundant and largely distributed hoofed mammals in the United States, making them the No. 1 game animal in the country. Whitetails, however, are also the shyest among all the deer species, and predicting their behavior and movement requires years of research. The TPWD collected data on whitetails for three years and discovered a number of factors that may prevent the shy and cautious superbucks in Texas from moving during the mating season. The TPWD used the collected data to produce the Breeding Dates for White-Tailed Deer Season table that helps determine the average breeding date of whitetails in a specific ecological region.
The timing of the rut differs in various regions and may vary by as much as two months in different states. Research suggested that the breeding season happens earlier in the eastern part of the country, starting from the coastal parts of South Carolina and progressing westward and through Louisiana. Texas also usually gets early rut timings compared with other states. The duration of daylight and darkness is one of the reasons for the difference in the timing of the rut season in many areas of the United States. The late spring and early fall in the northern part of the United States is the reason these regions have short breeding seasons.Learn more about Deer