Fawning Date and Growth of Male Alabama White-tailed Deer

Male white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawns were collected from the wild at random in Alabama during the springs and summers of 1986 and 1987. Average body weight at 16 months of age was 58.3 kg (5004 to 68.2 kg) and antler weight averaged 150.1 g (25 to 339 g). Yearling weight and date of birth were not related (r = -0.36; P = 0.078) nor were antler mass and date of birth (r = -0.17; P = 00411). Racks averaged 4.2 points (range 2 to 8 points). Point number and date of birth were not related (r = 0.02; P = 0.914).

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