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1. A mature adult male deer will stand an average in height at the shoulder of?

A. 24"-32"

B. 36"-40"

C. 40"-44"

D. 44"-48"


2. True or False - Deer can run at speeds up to 40 mile per hour.


3. Deer communicate using odors. Which of these areas on a deer contain scent glands.

A. Between the toes and on the shins

B. On the hock and the forehead

C. Near each eye and inside the nose

D. All of the above.


4. Deer habitat comprises nearly 94% of Maine's land (excluding large populated areas). Winter deer yards are crucial to the survival of deer in Maine. What constitutes a good habitat for winter yards?

A. Open farmlands with dense undergrowth nearby

B. On top of mountains in open hardwood where deer can forage for mast crops

C. Large stands of conifers greater than 30 feet with a good overhead shelter (called a crown).

D. Swamps


5. Which statement best describes the eating habits of whitetail deer in northern climates?

A. They are finicky eaters opting for variety of food versus quantity of food. They eat grasses, lichen, mushrooms, mast crops and buds from dormant trees.

B. They prefer apples and clover and when that is not available the gather in large numbers in swamps to eat cedar browse.

C. They will stay in one area and eat what is there until it is gone and then move on to other places to find food.

D. They use their feet to stomp on fish in brooks and streams to eat mixed with larvae found under rocks.


6. The peak breeding season for most whitetail deer is mid November although it can occur in October or as late as January. When a doe comes into heat, they are receptive to a buck for 24 hours. If mating has not occurred, how long before the doe comes into estrus again?

A. Never

B. In one year

C. In 24 hours

D. In 28 days


7. Gestation period for a whitetail deer is approximately?

A. 100 days

B. 200 days

C. 300 days

D. 400 days


8. Bucks grow antlers each year. Their antlers begin to grow in April triggered by longer daylight and hormones. When to bucks shed their antlers usually?

A. November

B. By Christmas

C. December to early March

D. They fall off just prior to beginning new growth.


9. True or False? It is almost always that the "dominant" buck mates with all the estrus does in his area. If this is true, then is the size of a bucks "rack" (their antlers) a determining factor in reproduction?


10. An over abundance of deer in one area can cause which of the following?

A. Large size deer

B. Too many bucks

C. Mad Cow Disease

D. Malnutrition and Disease