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Virginian Deer

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

The main group of American deer is represented by the well-known Virginian deer, found in the northern half of the American continent. The variations which occur in the antlers of the Virginian deer are only paralleled by those found in the reindeer. The tail is long. The summer coat of the Virginian deer is a bright bay, from which it derives its common local title of red deer, but in winter the coat becomes of a grayer tinge. At all seasons of the year the throat, a ring above the muzzle, a spot above and below the eye, portions of the inside of the ear, the inner surfaces of the limbs and the under-parts are, however, white. The upper surface of the tail is dark brown, and even in winter there is a more or less reddish tinge throughout the coat. In build this deer is the most elegant and graceful of all its compatriots. Its variation in size is so great that it would be useless to give any measurements, although it may be mentioned that unusually fine bucks are said to weigh as much as 200 pounds.

In the Adirondack region this deer frequents the mountain sides as well as the lower valleys and rivers. It feeds upon grasses, marsh and aquatic plants, the leaves of certain trees and shrubs, blueberries, blackberries and the nutritious beech nut.

Although shy and timid in the extreme, and at first retreating rapidly before the advance of cultivation, these deer soon regain confidence, and come back to their ancient haunts. Their speed is great, and they, are excellent and rapid swimmers, even young fawns while still in the spotted coat taking readily to the water. During long-continued deep snow these deer frequently collect together in parties, sometimes of considerable size, and form "yards."

The legitimate method of hunting them is by stalking.

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