White-tailed Deer

Michigan State Game Animal

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White-tailed deer in the snow

White-tailed deer in the snow; photo by Jake Dingel / PGC Photo Gallery: White-tailed deer (noncommercial and educational use permitted with attribution).

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White-tailed Deer

Michigan designated the white-tailed deer as the official state game animal in 1997. Zeeland fourth-graders campaigned to include the white-tailed deer among Michigan's official state symbols.

An animal of incredible beauty and power, white-tailed deer are able to run up to 40 miles per hour, jump 9 foot fences, and swim 13 miles per hour. The white underside of its tail is waved when running and flashed as a warning when danger is sensed. Both native Americans and settlers relied on the white-tailed deer for buckskin and food.

Eleven states have designated the white-tailed deer as a state symbol: Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Michigan

Images

White-tailed deer buck; photo by Jake Dingel/PGC Photo; Pennsylvania Game Commission Photo Library (educational use permitted with attribution).

White-tailed deer buck

White-tailed deer doe; free photo courtesy of Nature of New England.

White-tailed deer doe

White-tailed deer fawn; photo by funpics47 on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

White-tailed deer fawn

Videos

Hunting Iowa White-tail Deer with an HD Camcorder