The World of Deer

Deer information, history, and facts to help you understand this beautiful species and the role it plays in our ecosystem.

Referenced by the Following Media Outlets

As Seen On PBS.org, NJ.com, INaturalist (a joint venture of the California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic), and the University of Michigan Zoological Museum Blog - AnimalDiversity.org

As a trusted source of information about deer, we are regularly cited by news outlets, nonprofits, and top publications across the web.

Since 2005, WorldDeer.org has provided facts and information about the many species of deer found around the world, along with the history of this unique animal.

Today on this website you’ll find thoughtful, accurate articles that seek to explain deer behavior and the relationship between humans and deer, enhanced with stunning photographs of deer in the wild.

Read Our Latest Articles About Deer

If you’re looking for information about the biology and behavior of deer, or answers to common questions about deer, you can learn a lot about this unique species of ungulates on this website. Start here, or explore more of our articles.

An intense illustration of bear species known to be dangerous. Depict a grizzly bear, a polar bear, and a black bear in a nocturnal forest environment. All are growling with fur bristling to emanate a sense of danger. The moon is glowing eerily in the background, casting a mix of shadows and faint lights on the bears and dense forest. Ensure there are no people, brand names, logos, or text present within the scene.

The Most Dangerous Bear To Encounter

Understanding Bear Species and Their Threat Levels When considering bear species and the potential danger they pose to humans, it’s essential to understand the various bear species that roam our planet. Bears can be found

Read More »
A detailed visual guide on how to clean a deer, presented through consecutive stages. Picture one: A scene with a deer lying down on a clean area, surrounded by tools such as a sharp knife, a water bucket, and a clean towel. Picture two reveals a careful incision being made along the belly with the knife. Picture three illustrates the careful removal of the internal organs. The last picture reveals a cleanly gutted deer. Please note: no people, text or brand names should be depicted in these pictures. The pictures should be clearly defined, easy to understand, and conducive to a step-by-step guide.

How To Clean a Deer (Step by Step)

Gathering Your Supplies Before you start the cleaning process, you’ll need to gather the necessary supplies. Having the right tools on hand is crucial to efficiently and safely clean a deer. Here are the basic

Read More »

Learn About Different Types of Deer

There are many different types of deer, and our website has information about just about all of them. We invite you to check out a few of the most interesting deer species below, and continue to explore our website to learn more about the many different types of deer around the world.

Taruca Deer

Taruca Deer

The Taruca Deer (Hippocamelus antisensis), or North Andean Deer, is a native of South America. It’s a mid-sized deer with a heavy body, and it is characterized by sandy brown hair with white patches. Taruca

Read More »
Northern Pudu

Northern Pudu

The Northern Pudu (pudu mephistopheles) is the smallest type of deer in the world and typically weighs less than 13 pounds when mature. Learn more about this fascinating deer.

Read More »
Marsh Deer

Marsh Deer

Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus) are the largest type of deer from South America. Though they originally thrived in tropical and subtropical environments in the rain forest, today small units of Marsh Deer inhabit the swamps

Read More »
Muntjac Deer

Muntjac Deer

On this page we’ll share some information and facts about Muntjac Deer. You may know this type of deer by their other names, including “barking deer” (because of their short, loud noise they make when

Read More »
White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is the most vigorous and well-distributed wild ungulate in North America. Sometimes referred to as Virginia Deer or simply Whitetail, this deer can be found throughout North, central, and south America,

Read More »
Sika Deer

Sika Deer

Cervus nippon or the Sika Deer is native to east Asia and is sometimes referred to as the Japanese Deer or the Spotted Deer. Years ago you could find many Sika Deer in northern Vietnam

Read More »

Basic Information About Deer

  • There are many different species of deer found around the world. All are hoofed ruminant mammals that collectively form the family Cervidae. In this family there are two primary groups: Cervinae (which includes North American Elk (Wapiti), Red Deer, and Fallow Deer), and Capreolinae (which includes species such as White-Tailed Deer, Roe Deer, Moose, and Reindeer).
  • Deer live and thrive in a variety of microclimates around the globe. Some species are right at home on the frozen Tundra, while others easily navigate the dense brush of tropical rainforests. While we typically associate forests with deer, most species prefer the areas of transition between thick forests and open grasslands. This is why there’s some evidence that logging actually benefits deer in some parts of the world, though they always require adequate forest and brush cover for populations to thrive.
  • Deer come in all shapes and sizes – ranging from the imposing Moose of North America (which can stand 8.5 feet tall and is the largest species of deer), to the tiny Northern Pudu of the Andes mountain range (which typically measures just 13-14 inches in height and is the smallest species of deer in the world).

Deer Hunting Articles

Are you a deer hunter, or do you want to learn more about how hunters work to find, shoot, and process these animals in the field? We’re expanding our site to include articles on topics of interest to readers who are hunters or who would like to learn more about deer hunting and tracking deer.

An assortment of hunting knives with various styles and designs perfect for the springtime season. The first knife has a rugged look, featuring a serrated blade and sturdy, wood-like handle. The second knife is sleek and modern, boasting a silver, tapering blade and a leather-bound handle. The third one exhibits a more traditional take, complete with a wide, thick blade and a hilt wrapped in coarse cloth. The final knife embodies survivalist appeal with a multi-purpose blade containing a built-in saw and ergonomic handle. These knives should be displayed on a rough wooden table, bathed in soft, natural light conveying the freshness of May. Please ensure there are no text, people, brand names or logos in the scene.

Top Hunting Knives for May 2024

Understanding the Essentials of Hunting Knives When you’re out in the wild, a hunting knife isn’t just a tool—it’s vital for survival, skinning, gutting, and preparing your game. A top-tier hunting knife should be durable,

Read More »
Visualize an assortment of unbranded hunting jackets, each with a different design and coloring to suit various terrains. The jackets should all show off advanced hunting features like ample pocket spaces, camouflage patterns, high collars, and waterproof materials. The surrounding environment should illustrate the different ecosystems they're designed for, including a dense forest, a snowy mountain, a grassy plain, and a dessert. All are positioned in such a way that they hold their shape despite no people wearing them. Do not include any text within the image or on the jackets.

Best Hunting Jackets May 2024

Finding the Ideal Hunting Jacket for Your Outdoor Adventures When setting out for a hunting excursion, one item that can greatly influence your comfort and success is the hunting jacket you choose to wear. So

Read More »
Illustrate a variety of high-quality hunting bows. The bows are aesthetically pleasing and modern in design, each demonstrating different features to represent their capacities. Some bows are shown from the front, others at a side angle to give a better view of the grip and the tension mechanism. The bows come in various sizes and their strings are tense, indicating readiness for use. The backdrop is outdoor scenery, lush green forest signifying the environment typically associated with hunting. Note, there are no brand logos or names on the bows, and no people or text in the image.

Top Hunting Bows of May 2024

Understanding the Importance of Choosing the Right Hunting Bow When you’re on the hunt for the perfect bow, it’s not just about the thrill of the chase. It’s about finding a tool that will enhance

Read More »
A collection of different types of state-of-the-art hunting backpacks neatly arranged in an outdoor setting. The packs should vary in size, shape and color but should all hint at robust functionality and adaptability to rough terrains. Preferably, the packs should be shown against a backdrop of lush green forest under a clear, sunny sky. Please ensure that no human figures, text, brand names, or logos are visible in the depiction.

Best Hunting Packs for May 2024

Understanding the Essentials of a Good Hunting Pack When you’re gearing up for a hunting trip in May 2024, selecting the right hunting pack is as critical as choosing the proper firearm or bow. Your

Read More »
An image illustrating a selection of hunting binoculars laid out on an rustic wooden table. Each set of binoculars appear in different sizes and styles with features like grip-friendly rubber coating, smooth central focus knob, and adjustable eye cups. These binoculars showcase advanced attributes such as large objective lens for maximum light transmission, excellent optical clarity, and water-resistant, fog-proof design for extreme weather conditions. All binoculars are presented without any identifying logos or text, simply showcasing their design and functionality. The background should be a simple landscape with lush forest under a clear sky, reinforcing the hunting theme.

May 2024’s Best Hunting Binoculars

Understanding Binocular Specifications Before diving into the best hunting binoculars for May 2024, it is essential to understand the crucial specifications that differentiate one pair from another. Power and lens diameter are the lifeblood of

Read More »