Precision of Descriptors for Percent Marrow Fat Content for White-tailed Deer, Odocoileus viriginianus

L. David Mech


Based on 168 records of both verbal descriptors of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) femur-marrow fat and percentage of fat measured later, “gelatinous” served well to distinguish fat < 46% from higher percentages. “Waxy” distinguished fat > 56%.


White-tailed Deer; Odocoileus virginianus; marrow fat; nutrition; body condition

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