White-tailed deer are the smallest of the three members of the deer family found in Michigan, the others being elk and moose.
Their size ranges between 125 to 225 pounds, although really healthy bucks may be even larger.
Their coat is a reddish-brown color in the summer, but becomes much more gray in the winter.
This change helps to hide them as the colors of their environment change.
Their tubular or hollow hairs provide insulation, allowing them to lie on snow without melting it, as well as creating enough buoyancy for swimming.
Deer have a good sense of smell, keen hearing and eyesight, but they are color blind.
Deer are graceful and swift runners (up to 35 miles per hour), but do not generally run long distances, preferring to seek the nearest shelter whenever possible.
Note: Information from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. ~2 Samuel 22:34 (NIV)
A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep draughts of God. I wonder, “Will I ever make it—arrive and drink in God’s presence?” I’m thirsty for God-alive. ~Psalm 42:1-2 (Message)
May you drink deep of Him this weekend.