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Mating and Reproduction

Successful reproduction depends on several factors. Pregnancy can occur only on a female's mating day and depends on her age and health, as determined by comparing her body weight with her maximum weight ever attained. In addition, an available male deer who has not mated within the rutting period (currently set at one year) must be located within mating distance from the female's location. If no male is found, the female does not become pregnant, her mating day is incremented by 28 days, and the process repeats itself each month until pregnancy results.

Michael W. Berry (
Wed Oct 11 14:53:18 EDT 1995