Breaking the Suicide Cycle
Conditions created through the Four Cornerstones of QDM may help rut-stressed bucks with winter.
by John J. Ozoga
In more ways than one, the whitetail buck’s annual fat cycle seems suicidal. Adult bucks prepare themselves almost entirely for siring offspring, squandering their energy reserves during the rut. In the process they lose 20 to 25 percent of their peak body weight. Most deer can handle no more than a 30 percent weight loss during winter before they die from malnutrition. So, compared to hog-fat adult does and healthy fawns, bucks enter the perilous winter season with scant fat reserves and seem illprepared for the hardships that are sure to come.
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