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IN LATE AUGUST, DEER ARE CHANGING; SO MUCH OF IT HAS TO DO WITH THE ANTLERS

Well known is that animals have a keener connection to the physical world than do we more highly evolved humans.

Considerable science supports that animals detect, before we do, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.

Indeed, and for example, the Indian Ocean tsunami that hit on December 26, 2004, and killed 150,000 people, claimed few animals. For one reason or another, as the giant and powerful waves rolled toward the coast, ahead of people – and this is backed up by human eyewitness accounts – animals fled to higher ground.

Yes, animals are out in front of us, and more in tune with nature – its fluctuations and all its manifestations.

Deer are now in synch with the shortening of days, if not cooling temps…because temps aren’t cooling, yet.

Changes in weather and the season result in changes in deer bodies and conduct.

ohDEER knows all about deer – and this is fundamental to why our company – a leader in all natural deer, tick, and mosquito control – is so effective in keeping deer away from your plants, shrubs, bushes, flowers, and trees.

In Massachusetts, and throughout New England, our deer – those that ohDEER keeps under control – are whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

As the days get shorter – and this accelerates in late August – testosterone levels in male whitetail deer, bucks, rises – and this results in the hardening of antlers, which are made of bone and extensions of the skull.

In late summer, bucks use their antlers in jousting matches to establish higher positions in the social order, and not so much to engage in the more violent clashes that take place in the mating season – which takes place from October through December – and in which the males are fighting to better position themselves to have access to, and breed with, does.

Another physical change in late summer, as the antlers harden, is that the vascular velvety sheath that covers the antlers as they grow, supplying blood and other nutrients to the bone, is shed.

In early winter, following the mating season – and the reduction in certain hormone levels – antlers will fall off the bucks.

In this space, as fall and colder temperatures arrive, we will discuss more about the changes and transformations in the biology of the whitetail deer that correspond to the approach and time of autumn.