What’s Wrong With This Doe?

With fall food plot season quickly approaching I recently drove out to one of my leases to spray whatever weeds had grown up this summer.  While there of course I couldn’t resist the temptation to check my Stealth Cams, which had been closely monitoring a lush bean field for several weeks.  One of the first images captured was this doe who appears to have a large wound on her nose.  It’s hard to be sure exactly what the extent of damage is, but it will be interesting to see if she sticks around this fall and what she really looks like.

At first glance it’s easy to miss the gaping wound on this doe’s nose.

Zooming in gives us a better look.

Unfortunately she didn’t want to give us a better photo than this.

And to answer your question yes, we did get some bucks on camera as well.  Hopefully they stick around long enough to make our acquaintance in October!


  1. Kenneth Hoppe says:

    I’m guessing it is a gash from a predator she looks like she’s doing good she’ll probably be around this fall

  2. I’m going to guess either a coyote tried to grab her , although they usually attack from the rear end or another doe kicked her. Who knows ??

  3. Edward Medvec says:

    Inflected tooth. Maybe broken. Probably won’t heal.
    Cyotes gotta eat too.

  4. Dakota Relyea says:

    Have you considered the possibility of a deer botfly? They will get into the nasal passage and eat their way out. Often deep into the septum. Either way with a whole of that magnitude through the septum she is not long for this world. Personally I would get ahold of DEC, have her taken out of the herd and an autopsy performed. I don’t know about the rest of you guys but a lot of time effort and money goes into keeping a healthy deer herd. I’d get it checked out.

    • Liz Ellis says:

      I would agree about the bot flies they usually enter a deer’s system thru the nasal cavity.

  5. Mike goodell says:

    Could have been born that way, deer like other fur bearing mamals have the potential to have cleft palate and other deformities just like you would see in humans. I have a dog that has two sets of puppies with a puppy in each litter that had a cleft pallet. I think along the lines of wolvs flys/bots like the other guy said, those things can wreak havoc on the hear when in full swing.

  6. Maybe a broadhead gash that has healed over because believe it or not when you ask a new hunter where is the killishot, most of them will say right in the head. Which anyone reading this knows that’s wrong and unethical.good luck hope you see here again, I wonder if it affects her sense of smell?


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