Researchers Amazed on How Far Collared Buck Traveled

A deer in a Mississippi State study surprises researchers

Even though it varies from deer to deer, the average home range for a whitetail buck is usually only a few square miles. That range usually expands during the rut, but rarely do the bucks travel super long distances. Then there was this one collared buck that broke all the rules.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi State was conducting a research project about how deer react to hunting pressure. One of the buck that they collared really surprised them.

A 4.5-year-old buck was captured and collared after he was released he took off and just kept going and going. He traveled close to 13 miles on his first jaunt. After that first run he back around and went about 6 miles back in his original direction. He then turned north and went another 6 miles. Ending up 14 miles away from where he was captured.

After Deer season he than returned to where the researcher first captured him. Most deer have one or two core areas, this buck had three. Also the average range for a deer’s core area is a few squares kilometers this buck blew that number out of the water.

Green dots are GPS locations of the Traveling Buck

“The total lengths of both of those home ranges is typically two to three kilometers up to about six at the higher end,” Ashley Jones, an MSU graduate student, said. “He’s off the charts at 22.

This buck is defiantly an outlier when it comes to home range, but it also goes to show that ever deer is different. And when that buck you have been watching stops showing up on trail cam, He literally could be just about anywhere.