Backyard Deer Menagerie
We’ve always made jokes about the genetics of the deer that show up every year in our backyard. Three by two antlers are very common, and if it is a 4 point, the forks are usually very shallow. Another common formation of the antlers is tall forked horns. Last year we had a buck we called “CanOpener” because of the funny little hook on his right eye guard. He was a 4 point but a very odd looking one! The main beams were high, but the forks were very shallow. He did have good width. We don’t know what happened to him because after we got home from the opening week-end of Archery season he had disappeared! Guess maybe we should have stayed put in our own backyard and hunted!
This year we have been seeing some more odd looking deer… I already posted about the buck we call “TuningFork”… but I don’t think his antler formation is from genetics. It looks like he injured it. He also has a strange growth protruding from his brisket… We’ve also seen a doe with some kind of wart or growth on her shoulder… sure hope this is not genetics.
Last night we saw by far the most odd deer we’ve ever seen. It was a young doe and she has a black patch on her rump… there is also a black line that runs up the back of her neck. After seeing her I was looking more closely at some pictures I’d taken that morning of three bucks and one has the same colorations but much lighter… is this a weird genetic thing?