Did You Know These Things?
Winter. It’s a direful time to be a deer. But they’re built for it. And not by chance, either. Their very DNA is designed in a manner to equip them with the tools they need to overcome the harsh conditions they find for nearly a third of the year.
As the season progresses, most would believe food sources begin to deplete. And they do — but not in the manner that we typically think. Instead, it’s more of a shift in food sources. Sure, what’s left in the dead of winter doesn’t have the nutrients that most summer and fall food sources have. But a whitetail’s body is designed to live off of such until spring arrives.
But none of this explains how or why deer are capable of living through such hard times. What makes them so resilient? The truth is, not all of them are. Some young, old and physically inferior deer will die during the winter, especially in the northern half of the country. But most of them do survive. There are seven major reasons why.