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Whitetails in Summer Time

Summer is the lazy season for deer. Life continues as it was in the spring. Fawns grow and learn about the world from their mothers, which they now recognize by scent. The testosterone level of bucks is low, so males aren't all that active. Bucks spend the summer learning about other bucks in their herd and storing fat for the winter.

The antlers of a buck become prominent and covered in soft velvet. Without hardened antlers, bucks spar for dominance with their forelegs. Some researchers believe that the dominant hierarchy is established in the summer.

Summertime is not without its problems. Droughts can hit on the local or regional level, impacting the whitetail's food supply. Some deer share summer range with livestock and compete for food. But for the most part, these things don't cause deer too much trouble.