MALE DEER, COMPARED TO FEMALE DEER, JUST MIGHT BE “WIMPS” WHEN THE RAIN STARTS FALLING


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ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We are celebrating our 10th year in business in 2017.

ohDEER is based in Wayland, MA.   Out of this office we service Metropolitan Boston West.

Our rapidly growing franchise system, only three years old, has seven locations, The geographic areas that these franchises service are North of Boston, South of Boston, Central Massachusetts, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, Eastern Long Island (NY), and Central New Jersey.

As has been discussed in this space, ohDEER has a complicated relationship with deer.  On one hand, we admire the creatures for their beauty and elegance, and that they are a source of delicious and nutritious food.

On the other hand, they can be a pest, bespoiling landscapes with their chewing and consuming of leaves and flowers — and also carrying ticks, which can transmit disease to humans, pets, and livestock.

But, again, we do hold an affection for, and an interest in, deer..

In fact, ohDEER founder and co-owner Kurt Upham is a deer expert.

“Yes, I have long studied and read about deer,” said Kurt.  “I do so out of general curiosity, and also for the reasons that the better I understand deer the more effective I am in using all-natural solutions to keep deer off people’s properties. As well, I am a hunter, with deer my primary game; and I also am a nature lover, and spend a lot of time in nature.”

On a rainy day in early fall 2017, it is appropriate to take a look at how rain affects the movement of deer.

We found online the results of a study on rain and deer movement in fall (October 2013) done by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

The report, published on April 7, 2015, were of study findings based on the input and filling out of a survey of 1,700 deer watchers.  That is a serious study.

Author of the report is Dr. Duane Diefenbach, Professor of Wildlife Ecology with the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Now, it seems — as the study reports — that bucks aren’t as hearty as the does during times of rain.

Consider this excerpt from the study:

“First off, I could find no effect of temperature on deer movements. Of course we didn’t have many cold, rainy days – only 3 days did it rain with temps <45 F.

“For females I found NO EFFECT of rain on their movements. Maybe they moved a little less when it rained, but not much. They even moved the same distance during the day as at night! I never would have guessed that.”

Day in and day out, for the Month of October in 2013, females traveled about a two-thirds of a mile per day. Rain or shine.”

Males?  This is what Dr. Diefenbach reports:

“What about males? Well, it turns out they are wimps!

“That’s right! When it rains males don’t travel as far.

“As you’d expect, they travel farther than females, but when it rains they travel about 4-tenths of a mile less per day.”

Please click here to be taken to the full report.

Something tells us that women will find these results to be no surprise, and be comfortable with those results.

Guys?  Well, they will have some excuse for the relative lethargy.  They always do.

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