Scouting – Home Range

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All whitetails have a home range, which varies from 500 to 3,000 acres. Doe ranges are smaller than buck ranges. A range has everything a deer needs to live: food, water and cover. Home ranges are to deer what neighborhoods are to humans, with grocery stores, houses and the like.

Home ranges can change with the seasons, especially in northern areas. In spring and summer deer live in forests and fields, but when the weather becomes extreme, they migrate miles to winter ranges or “deer yards”. Yards, often in cedar swamps or heavy conifer forests, provide cover from the elements and browse.


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