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Deer Damage

Photo: Bill Peterson
When deer rub their antlers against tree to get rid of their velvet, they can cause damage to the tree. The bark may look shredded. Note the measuring stick for scale.
When deer rub their antlers against tree to get rid of their velvet, they can cause damage to the tree. The bark may look shredded. Note the measuring stick for scale.

 

Photo: Jared Duquette
An example of a buck rub.
A buck has been rubbing its antlers on this small tree.

 

Photo: IDNR
Deer have used this tree as a rub so many times the bark is totally stripped off and the wood underneath is shredded.
Deer have used this tree as a rub so many times the bark is totally stripped off and the wood underneath is shredded.

 

Photo: IDNR
A deer browse line in a hedge of yew bushes. The damage stops when deer can no longer reach the branches. Deer will stand on their hind legs to reach green branches in the winter, so damage can reach five to six feet high.
A deer browse line in a hedge of yew bushes. The damage stops when deer can no longer reach the branches. Deer will stand on their hind legs to reach green branches in the winter, so damage can reach five to six feet high.

 

Photo: USDA
Another example of a deer browse line.
Another example of a deer browse line.

 

Photo: USDA
This shrub was severely damaged by deer browsing on it.
This shrub was severely damaged by deer browsing on it.