Florida Key Deer
Key Deer Bucks
Are Magnificent in August
In August, bucks are particularly magnificent looking as they sport their new racks covered in velvet, the soft furry-looking vascular skin that envelops and nourishes the developing antlers.
The bucks have not yet begun to fight for territory, so they are still easily approachable. They are also an incredibly splendid sight. Their tawny-colored bodies and furry-looking antlers seem to glow in the diffuse, muffled sunlight just after dawn or prior to twilight.
An added bonus this month is the opportunity to closely approach the offspring of last year's mating season. In August, the fawns still retain many of their spots (though they will soon disappear) and most have lost any shyness around humans.
The bucks will rub off the velvet in early September since the rut begins around the middle of that month. The rut peaks in October, then gradually decreases through November and December.
The bucks will drop their antlers February and March, and the fawns (weighing between two and four pounds) will be born from April through June.