Tuesday’s Tips and Terminology: STOTTING

Good Day My Fellow Hunters and Huntresses,

This past week, my new friend Mr. Ward, blessed me with a few items to help me prepare for my hunt in Colorado. Most of the material was for Elk Hunting, which included thermal gear, hats, and a cow-call. While going through the books, I decided to start reading “Mule Deer Country” by Valerius Geist.

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Only being experienced with white-tail deer, this knowledge on mule deer is quite intriguing and I look forward to seeing them on my journey to Colorado. With only 175 pages, it’s an easy read with plenty of colorful photographs and references. One of the new terms I learned was the mule deer tactic called “STOTTING”.

STOTTING: (also called pronking or pronging) is a behavior of MULE DEER, in which they spring into the air, lifting all four feet off the ground simultaneously. 

It is an escape behavior that includes a brief run off and a gallop which places obstacles in the path of pursuing predators. Another interesting fact about Mule Deer is that they will also fight off smaller predators, by stotting at them.

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(Books From Mr. Ed Ward)

Featured Image Credit: Oregon Game and Fish

 

 

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Wholeheartedly,

El Flagg

 

 

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