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Heavy dark coats on deer #8076662 12/05/20 12:44 AM
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Lately the deer around here appear to have heavier and darker coats than usual. A buck a couple of days ago even looked shaggy. Does this hint of a cold winter to come?


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Re: Heavy dark coats on deer [Re: 603Country] #8076675 12/05/20 12:59 AM
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More info needed. What's the fur on the backs of the squirrels look like? Have you noticed the Indians gathering a bunch of firewood?

Re: Heavy dark coats on deer [Re: 603Country] #8076690 12/05/20 01:18 AM
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Haven’t noticed the squirrels. But I have some Choctaw blood and I’ve been gathering firewood. Does that count?


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Re: Heavy dark coats on deer [Re: 603Country] #8076781 12/05/20 02:53 AM
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Normal winter coat. Summer coats are brighter and might even have a pinch of red to them. Biologists claim the color of deer change from a reddish-brown to a gray-brown in the winter, because the darker color helps them to absorb more of the sun's heat. Knowing what it can be like to sit on a hot, black leather car seat in the dead of summer, I have no trouble believing them. Some claim the southern facing slopes of hills and ridges are great places for deer to feed and sun themselves on clear, frosty mornings.

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