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Huge doe track

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My dad said he was working under his carport and heard something going clack,clack clack,clack. When he turned around he saw a huge doe and when she saw him she bolted across the rest of his concrete and across the yard staight through an electric fence which is to keep the horses in their pasture. He took these pics and sent them to me to show how big her tracks were. He said she was bigger than the shetland pony he has.
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   8point
Sorry to bust your bubble but thats a buck track.
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   davidj
I guess his antlers fell off a little early this year as this pic was taken today just after my father and sister watched the deer run away after it had seen them. I was just wondering if it was the dew claws that made you think it was a buck track. If he wouldn't have seen it himself I would guess it was a buck track also.
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that is def. a buck track
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   davidj
I am curious how ya'll can tell that it is a buck. My father and sister watched the deer run away from them starting at less tah 25 yards. They said no antlers were present and these tracks are about 3 feet off of the concrete driveway. The only set of tracks in the sand. This is a large doe track.
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   rustonite
These people that claim they can positively identify a deer's sex by looking at a track are very uneducated. Pay them no attention.
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   Happytown
Thank you rustonite. Next thing you know, someone will claim to be able to tell gender from the size and shape of their droppings.
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   davidj
If you look close you can see that the rear print(the one with the dew claws) is inside of the front print(the one that is spread out. The doe was running which tends to make the front toes open up as in the pic. Right around the 3.25 mark you can see a slight bend in the track. This is the front and the rear track together. Which happens to be common for does on the run.
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   FunGi73
Go to Illinois or any other Midwest state...The does up there commonly reach 170lbs. They all leave "dew claw" tracks. Large does sink in the ground farther than small ones, therefore the "dew claw" makes contact with the earth, thereby leaving a track.
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   Jason-L
"These people that claim they can positively identify a deer's sex by looking at a track are very uneducated. Pay them no attention."

When a deer is walking and "not running" you can definitely tell the difference between sexes. Definitely when it comes to big bucks. I mean a large doe could be 130-140 pounds while a large buck might weigh 200-250lbs.
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   cullin
The tips of a does track curve in. This "looks" like a bucks track that was chasing a doe. When a deer is skint back running the legs land at an angle which leaves a dew print. This ground doesn't look too soft. I see tracks in soft mud that do not leave dew prints all the time. Next time you are out there look at tracks in the mud and see for your self.

This WAS a buck (Spike maybe) in my EDUCATED opinion and if you do not believe me copy the picture and send it via EMAIL to a Bioligist to see what he thinks....Sometimes it is hard to see a spikes on a deer with the ears....Ears are 7 inches tall.
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I researched this on the good old internet and turns out and older doe has a track similar to that of a middle age buck. if I had not looked it up I would have said that this was a buck track.
we need a biologist to comment.

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   cullin
I contacted one and sent the pic along with the info and I will post the information.
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   10_foe
Here is what I and the other 3 biologists I work with have come to a consensus on.

There is no definite difference in the tracks of bucks and does. You can ASSUME that larger tracks are made by larger deer, and for the most part bucks grow larger than does. But as with every other animal there are severe variations between individuals. That is why your cousin Sheila with the jeep and her "friend" Dianne might have bigger feet than your average male hairdresser.
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You are correct that track has both the front and rear hoof print in it. That is what makes it appear so long. Even at that is still a large track. Running deer often run within there own tracks any seasoned deer hunter should know this.
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the only true way to tell if a track belongs to a buck or a doe is..........kill the deer that made the track.
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   Jason-L
I have jumped large does and when they ran off their tracks were huge (and looked like bucks because they were running) but for the most part if you see a doe walk by your stand and you don't shoot it, their tracks will not be that big (compared to a buck) and they will curve in toward the front of the track and be wider at the back of the feet. Most buck tracks will have a wider stance between the front and back of their tracks and be larger. All you have to do is look at the tracks when deer walk by your stand to see this. This is very apparent when you are bow hunting and don't get shots at deer because they are too far, etc.

If you really want to see big tracks just go out in the marsh. I hunt south of venice, la and also a lot around baton rouge and the marsh deer's feet are a good bit bigger than the deer around sherburne, tunica, thistlewhaite, etc. I guess the deer grew bigger feet to adapt to the softer ground.
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   YatYas
Great comment 10_foe. Agree 100%, that's the variety of life.
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   8point
I still say its a buck. ground was pretty hard and deer still left dew claws. and the hoofs are wide. good to see we can all talk about something other than running dogs, whats he score and so on......
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   fishafly
If you look real close you can tell its a buck. The right toe is deeper in the mud and some of the sand/mud has actually fallen into the track. This is the right back foot print of a buck. the reason the right side is deeper is because of the extra weight outside of the midline of the body. You can also tell by the space between the toes that this deer was about to take a crap. He was hauling a@# to find a place to dump his load. Just from looking at the track, he was probably full of corn.
P.S. you cant tell the difference b/t a doe and a buck track.
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   davidj
Everyone has some good comments. The ground is actually pretty soft right there. It is mostly just a shallow layer of sand on top of the ground soil in this location. My father has really good eyes and an excellent range finding ability. He uses the range finding ability in his job daily. Pinpoint accuracy. Seriously he is good with ranges. He watched it walk infront of him broadside at less than 25 yards. When the deer made eye contact and bolted he watched it for at least another 75 yards as it ran through his yard. I have to go along with his belief of it being a huge doe. Thanks fro all of the comments. Fishafly that is pretty darn funny.
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