This year's big dollars in Alabama? Bryan Peters bagged this 14-point trophy deer weighing 215 pounds. Big bucks and Alabama's first deer of the year. Branson Williams harvested this massive 11-point deer weighing 195 pounds in North Alabama. And Frank Easley took this monster buck at 108 years old! The oldest deer ever recorded in Alabama.
Alabama's biggest deer has never been officially measured, but experts estimate that it might be around 1000 pounds. However, most of these huge animals are killed for their antlers which can weigh up to 40 or 50 pounds each!
Big game species such as elk, moose, and bear are naturally found in Alabama, but they're not common. Most people only see small game such as squirrels and rabbits.
There have been reports of large animals being killed by vehicles outside protected areas, but these sightings are rare. Usually large animals die after being hit by a vehicle because there are no survivors. If you do come across a large animal injured on the side of the road, call your local police department or wildlife agency immediately before going near it.
Coyotes are responsible for killing most of the smaller animals used for food. Coyotes are very efficient predators and can control the rodent population very quickly. There are still bears in Alabama though so keep an eye out for blackened trees in your neighborhood!
Adam dragged the rack and skull to the Iowa deer classic the following March, where the buck was scored at 272 3/8 inches and estimated to be 6 1/2 years old. A genuine blue, mature Iowa monster with a score that ranks third only to the Missouri Monarch and Hole in Horn Buck. Some fantastic, renowned whitetail outfitters. Their stories are amazing!
The largest recorded whitetail deer in Iowa was shot by an Iowa hunter on February 2, 1999. The deer was estimated to be 893 pounds and had a age of nine years at death. It broke two state records: most points (50) by a female deer and highest field-dressed weight (907 pounds or 42 kg).
This huge buck came from Mississippi County and its owner took it home as a trophy. He cut it up into four pieces which were taken away in his truck for his family and friends to see. The average weight of the deer was 456 pounds (203 kg), so this is a very large antler size for a male.
There have been many larger antlers found in Iowa, but none as massive as this one. Even though it was old when killed, the bone structure of the head was perfect with no signs of disease or injury.
Whitetails are typically born in January or February and usually reach sexual maturity at three years old. So this deer must have been at least six years old when killed.
County of Crenshaw It has been determined that this is the biggest muzzleloader buck ever caught in Crenshaw County, Alabama. The tag for this magnificent specimen was issued by the state game department and it required that the animal be taken with a bow and arrow. The tag number was HDQ-1389 and the date of capture was October 13, 1989.
The hunter who took this trophy lives in Montgomery but he had not been able to visit his home town in over 10 years because there were no roads leading to it. He decided to build his own road and he spent nearly 10 years working on it. Today, this private road leads up to a beautiful house where this gentleman can go out his front door and shoot anything that moves!
He used his new road as an opportunity to explore parts of Crenshaw County that people usually don't get to see. One day, while walking his property, he came across this young deer lying in the grass. Thinking it was dead, he walked up to it slowly with his rifle ready. To his surprise, the deer stood up and ran away! Mr. Muzzleloader went after it but didn't get to finish it off because another person came along and shot it!
In November, the 27-year-old farmer and passionate deer hunter from Gallatin, Tennessee, shot the deer with a muzzleloader. The deer measured 312 3/8 inches on the Boone & Crockett scale. More information is available here.
While the state's gigantic 328 2/8 best buck was discovered in 1940, Bradley S. Jerman shot his 201 1/8 typical in 2004, suggesting that Ohio's deer herd health and genetics remained strong. Sorry, but the video you're looking for can't be found... Try a different search.
Adult males, known as bucks, in the deserts are typically smaller than their eastern counterparts, who may weigh up to 300 pounds. Desert White-tailed bucks weigh around 200 pounds and reach approximately 3 1/2 feet tall at the shoulders. Females (does) are smaller than males (as in other deer species), weighing around 125 pounds on average. Range size varies depending on habitat type; in very open areas, such as BLM land, deer can range over 100 acres. In more vegetated terrain, such as was found on private property, deer tend to stay within about 25 acres.
In general, deer are larger in colder climates. In warmer regions like Texas, deer tend to be smaller because there is less need for large antlers. Also, since food is plentiful in these regions, there is no advantage to having a large body size - it's not going to help you find more nourishing plants or eat more often.
In general, deer eat anything they can digest. The types of plants that they will consume depends on what is available where they live. For example, in Montana where there are lots of grasses, sedges, and herbaceous plants, deer will usually focus on those types of foods. But if there are trees around that offer different kinds of fruits, vegetables, and seeds, then deer will eat everything from rose hips to apples to tamaracks to twigs to buds to leaves to flowers. They use their teeth and digestive system to break down the materials into nutrients that they can store for later use.
Another huge, dubbed the Illinois Roadkill Buck, was killed by a vehicle's grill, as they so often do. Many people who view this deer will say it's the largest deer they've ever seen, with a 31-inch spread. That would make it about the same size as the typical male white-tailed deer.
The heaviest known deer was also found in Illinois. It weighed 44 pounds and was shot in Macoupin County in 1955. Since then, DNA testing has proven that this specimen is actually a mule deer (a female white-tail deer that has had her antlers removed to avoid conflict with other males).
The average weight of modern white-tailed deer is around 50 pounds, but some exceed 75 pounds. So, this Illinois roadkill buck was definitely not a small animal.
Also worth mentioning is that the longest deer recorded lived in Illinois. Its name was "Teddy" and it was a young male harvested in Henry County in 1986. It measured 9 feet 11 inches from head to tail tip.
Today, no one knows exactly how big the largest deer were before Europeans arrived here. But we do know that most of them didn't survive past age two because of hunting. Only the strongest and luckiest managed to live longer.