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Whitetail Buck -Summer

Friends, this is a male Whitetail deer in July, his antlers are growing and covered with a vascular tissue that promotes the bone growth.  They hide in the very dense brush and only the black flies drive them from their cover to the water. They can be seen this time of year taking a swim to wash off the pesky flies.  I wish the flies would go away now so I can again travel in Crex with my windows down.  Thank goodness for air conditioning for our temps have exceeded 100 degrees F for the last week.  Well back to work, til Tomorrow MJ

Along the River

Friends, most of the badlands in North Dakota are very dry (arid) except the area directly adjacent to the Little Missouri River.  The Whitetail deer are found mainly along the river while Mule deer are found in the drier areas. This Whitetail buck posed for us in the fall with his antlers polished and ready to chase the girls.  White tails are smaller than mule deer and get their name from the white underside of  their tails that they flag when they flee from danger.  The bucks grow antlers every spring and summer, then shed their antlers every winter to begin the cycle over again.  The whitetails have antlers with tines coming off a main beam.  In this image you can see his all white tail and his antlers are quite typical for a whitetail buck.  Below image is the Little Missouri River bottom. til Tomorrow MJ

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