White-tailed Deer

Oklahoma State Game Animal


Beautiful white-tailed deer doe

White-tailed deer doe looks over her shoulder: free photo courtesy of Nature of New England

White-tailed Deer

Oklahoma designated the white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) as the official state game animal in 1990. Both native Americans and settlers relied on the white-tailed deer for buckskin and food.

An animal of incredible beauty and power, white-tailed deer are able to run up to 40 miles per hour, jump 9 foot fences, and swim 13 miles per hour. The white underside of the deer's tail waves when running and is flashed as a warning when danger is sensed. 

Eleven states have adopted the white-tailed deer as a state symbol: Arkansas - Illinois - Michigan - Mississippi - Nebraska - New Hampshire - Ohio - Oklahoma - Pennsylvania - South Carolina - Wisconsin.



White-tailed deer buck photo © Richard Mousel /  CritterZone: Animal-Wildlife-Nature Stock Photography (all rights reserved; used by permission). All State Mammals

White-tailed deer buck


Hunting Iowa White-tail Deer with an HD Camcorder