Young Whitetail Buck

Young Whitetail Buck Joins Virginia Tech Students for a Game of Volleyball

You won't believe what happened when this young whitetail buck spotted students playing volleyball at Virginia Tech.

Typically, one might assume if a young whitetail buck joins a volleyball game on a college campus, it's probably sick. However, this deer looks healthy and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries hasn't reported any sick deer on campus at this time.

Perhaps this young whitetail buck just wants to play volleyball. Except in rare cases, one would probably never witness a mature buck acting this way near humans (there's a reason they're mature).

Whitetail deer reside in most of the United States, Canada, Mexico and parts of South America. They've had to adapt to urbanization in order to coexist with humans.

While I'm not a scientist, I've learned a lot about deer behavior over the last 15 years. Here are some observations I've gained while deer hunting.

It's fairly obvious to tell young bucks from mature bucks. This whitetail deer's body weight and body size, as with most yearling bucks, are lean and slender. His antler size, while not always indicative of age, is small, too.

Deer populations continue to grow, and when deer experience little hunting pressure, interactions like this tend to occur. This type of behavior isn't necessarily uncommon for deer hunters to witness during hunting season while breeding takes place.

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