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White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Damage caused by white-tailed deer can occur throughout the growing season. Because deer lack upper incisors damage to young plants and stems have a rough appearance. Rather than biting completely through the stem, deer grab and pull.

Most damage occurs during evening hours although peak activity by white-tailed deer occurs at dawn and dusk.

Learn more about deer damage.

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Deer are relatively large animals and often will leave sign that alert us to their presence. Deer droppings and tracks are easily identifiable by most people. The presence of deer sign clearly indicates that deer were present in a field, but it does not necessarily mean that deer were the primary cause of damage. This is especially true of raccoon damage to corn. Deer often will frequent sites damaged by raccoons, and damage caused by raccoons often is incorrectly attributed to deer since the physical signs left by raccoons can be overlooked whereas deer sign is usually conspicuous.



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