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#3118040 - 01/10/13 04:45 PM Deer Tracking question
Matthew Spangler

Registered: 11/14/12
Posts: 12
Loc: Fort Campbell, KY

I read a paper about how to read dear tracks to tell if a deer is a doe or a buck. The paper said that if you can find both front and rear tracks then you can tell because a Doe has wide rear hips for birthing and a Buck has wide front shoulder due to the larger chest and to support the antlers. I found some tracks while scouting on post one day and I'm not sure if what I found is a set of front and rear tracks or just two dear stepping in the same spot as there are a lot of deer using this path.

If my theory is correct though then this would be a doe's tracks

and this would be a bucks print

Anyone got any good guidance here?

#3118060 - 01/10/13 04:54 PM Re: Deer Tracking question [Re: Matthew Spangler]
Pursuit Hunter
8 Point

Registered: 10/01/08
Posts: 2086
Loc: Way out there

I don't think it is possible to tell the difference.
One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted - Jose Ortega y Gasset

#3118077 - 01/10/13 05:07 PM Re: Deer Tracking question [Re: Pursuit Hunter]
8 Point

Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 1726
Loc: Brush Creek

The only way I can tell is if the deer's still standing in them.
"It is not through knowledge, but through experience of the world that we are brought into relation with it."
__Albert Schweitzer

#3118084 - 01/10/13 05:14 PM Re: Deer Tracking question [Re: bigtex]
12 Point

Registered: 11/05/09
Posts: 5094
Loc: jackson co.

i don't think you could tell them apart.
#3118102 - 01/10/13 05:26 PM Re: Deer Tracking question [Re: mathews338]
Matthew Spangler

Registered: 11/14/12
Posts: 12
Loc: Fort Campbell, KY

Lol. Yeah when I look at them now I'm thinking, did I post the right one in the right place? But when I took them I was very convinced that these met the criteria.

Any truth to the theory though that a doe would leave a narrow front track and a buck a wide front track?

#3118148 - 01/10/13 05:54 PM Re: Deer Tracking question [Re: Pursuit Hunter]
12 Point

Registered: 02/21/02
Posts: 6484
Loc: Seymour, TN

ive heard a version of that before except that does tracks will be on top or in line with each other and a bucks will be offset.
#3118150 - 01/10/13 05:54 PM Re: Deer Tracking question [Re: Matthew Spangler]
16 Point

Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 16328
Loc: Franklin TN

The first bow buck I killed had identifiable tracks cause his hind right foot was missing half of the hoof. I saw this weird non-split track when I was trying to blood track him, and the next day when he was found, I saw the broken hoof. Doesn't have much to do with your theory but you made me think of it. I don't know if you could really tell the diff between doe and buck tracks. Kind of like clumped up droppings is buck poop \:D
Haven't been this excited about deer season

...since last deer season

#3118176 - 01/10/13 06:17 PM Re: Deer Tracking question [Re: Pursuit Hunter]
6 Point

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 940
Loc: lincoln co. tn.

When I used to run deer hounds, I would ride the dirt roads before daylight looking for tracks to put trail dogs on at daylight. A doe will usually step outside her front track with her rear. Also if just walking her rear track will usually overlap her front. A buck's rear track will usually fall behind his front , because they are usually longer in the torso, and be to the inside. I always liked the stubbier fat tracks and avoided the pointy heart shaped tracks. Notice how I said "usually", didn't always work but it "usually" held pretty true for me.
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