Deer graphic is worth a download from Ohio DNR

Of the deer harvested, 53 percent were bucks, compared to 63 percent during the same period in 2016.

Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know, or may have forgotten what we do know, which is why a little info-graphic about white-tailed deer that is being circulated by the Ohio Division of Wildlife is worth a download and print-out.

Actually the graphic, showing a typical 10-point buck in velvet, comes from a program “The Private Life of Deer,” produced by Nature, which is broadcast by public television. You can see it for yourself on-line.

Thinking that I would share the graphic with my grandkids, ages 8, 9, and 10, I swiped the page on my laptop and copied it to my pictures file, then printed it out. Turned out just fine.

An introductory paragraph makes a nice basic summary:

“The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can be found anywhere from Southern Canada to South America. The white tail for which the animal is named is a key feature for communication; when the tail goes up, it’s signaling neighboring deer to be on high alert. Highly adaptable, the deer is able to succeed where other species cannot—in wild spaces that border developed areas, suburban homes and farmland. Just a century ago there were around 1 million deer in North America. Today, there are 30 million. Learn about whitetail anatomy, diet, habitat, and other deer facts.”

While I guess I pretty much knew everything on the graphic itself – at one time or another, that is – I had forgotten, for instance, that the deer as a ruminant has a four-chambered stomach and it chews its regurgitated cud, like a cow. It thus is able to digest all sorts of vegetation, almost 600 species’ worth.

I knew the deer’s nose knows, but 300 million olfactory receptors in that schnozzola? Amazing. Even more so is the fact that this discerning nose allows deer to smell a scent up to three miles away. Not that they act on everything they smell, but it registers nonetheless.

We know a buck’s antlers grow quickly, but an inch a day? Our bucks are putting it on, big-time, right now, even as I write.

All of which makes me want to string up my old Bear 53-pound recurve and start tuning up for fall. Glad the infographic, in its own way, reminded me to get ready.

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