Back in the Minnesota backyard, where the temperatures have climbed into the 60s (F), the snow has melted, and the deer can now forage on new grass shoots. A herd of six does wandered through the backyard early this morning for a snack of bird seed, and a trio of young bucks ambled by later in the afternoon. They still haven’t shed their antlers, but it looks like they have been losing portions of the tines. Their unique antler growth makes them easy to recognize.
The rut is over, and these three bachelors roam the backyard together, usually apart from the does. I would love to find their cast-off antlers to add to my collection.