Sex Identification of White-Tailed Deer Using Frozen Venison

    Volume 31, Issue 3 (July 1986)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 July 1986

    Page Count: 5

    Kerr, KD
    Medical technologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group, Grand Rapids, MN

    (Received 8 October 1985; accepted 3 December 1985)


    Fluids from frozen muscle tissue taken from 449 white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) were analyzed using a radioimmunoassay technique for testosterone. Comparing 309 deer sampled in early November, antlered males had significantly higher tissue testosterone levels (range = 0.18 to 16.00 ng/mL) than females (range = 0.00 to 0.18 ng/mL) while antlerless (fawn) males overlapped both groups (range = 0.00 to 0.68 ng/mL). Samples taken from 132 deer from January through August showed no differences among ages or sexes. Antlered males can be differentiated from females during the breeding season.

    Paper ID: JFS11120J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11120J

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    Title Sex Identification of White-Tailed Deer Using Frozen Venison
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    Committee E30