Deer & Deer Hunting

THE TINY GLAND THAT TELLS IT ALL

The ability to assess correctly the general well-being of white-tailed deer is a prime requirement for proper herd management.

Appraisal of relative physical condition based on fat deposits provides useful information on energy reserves, but such indices are of limited diagnostic value in other seasons. Furthermore, blood assays on live deer can help evaluate recent nutritional history.

Howwever, those appraisals do not help ID health quite like that of the whitetail’s tiny thymus gland.

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