Whitetail Doe Deer Grazing on Grass

A whitetail doe stands grazing on grass.

White-tailed deer are the smallest members of the North American deer family. Adult white-tail deer have reddish-brown coats in summer. The color fades to a duller grayish-brown in winter. Male deer, called bucks, are easily distinguished in the summer and fall by their large set of antlers. New antlers are grown annually and fall off in the winter.”White-tailed” refers to the white underside of the deer’s tail, which it displays and wags when it senses danger.

These large mammals weigh 110 to 300 lbs (50 to 136 kg). White-tailed ears are considerably smaller than Mule Deer ears.

White-tailed deer have scent glands between the two parts of the hoof on all four feet, outside of each hind leg, and on the inside of each hind leg. Scent from these glands is used to communicate with other deer and secretions become especially strong during the mating season.


Whitetail Doe Deer Grazing on Grass

A whitetail deer doe stands at alert in a meadow with her twin fawns.

Whitetail deer are the most nervous and shy of the deer in Washington. White-tail deer wave their tails characteristically from side to side when they are startled. They are very agile and may bound at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour through the forest.

White-tailed females are very protective of their babies (fawns). When looking for food, females leave their offspring in a hiding place for about four hours at a time. While waiting for their mother to return, fawns lay flat on the ground with their necks outstretched, well camouflaged against the forest floor.

Whitetail deer are generally solitary (live alone), especially in summer. The basic social unit is a female and her fawns, although does have been observed to graze together in large herds.

Whitetail deer are crepuscular, feeding mainly from before dawn until several hours later, and again from late afternoon until dusk. They rest or are inactive during daylight hours.

White-tailed deer produce several types of vocalizations such as grunts, wheezes, and bleats. These vocalizations, along with other sounds and postures, are used for communication . Injured deer utter a startlingly loud “blatt” or bawl. Whistles or snorts of disturbed white-tailed deer are the most commonly heard sounds.


Deer is lean, and a bit tougher than beef, usually, though preparation can influence that a lot. The flavor is musky and very slightly sour/sharp, when compared with beef.


Expect to Pay anywhere between $800 for doe and $3000+ for bucks
139 inches $3,000
140-150 inches $6,000
160-170 inches $9,000
190-200 inches $10,000
Over 200 inches call for pricing