Deer Body Conditioning Scores

Deer Body Conditioning ScoresUnderstanding deer body conditioning scores is so important to monitor the health of your population. If you don’t know what to look for you may miss out on the opportunity to improve your results. Luckily, Purina has given us a breakdown of the different areas to focus on and how to observe changes from a newborn fawn to a mature buck. Scoring should be done on a regular basis and now is a great time to get started! Take a further look below.

The five categories:

  1. Poor: The deer’s body is visibly emaciated.
  2. Lean: The deer is very thin.
  3. Prime: The deer appears to be strong, muscular and healthy.
  4. Heavy: The deer is healthy, but carrying a few extra pounds, considered normal and healthy prior to the rutting season.
  5. Obese: The deer is layered in fat.


So now that you understand the parameters, you can assess the current state of your deer population. These are applicable to both does and bucks during all seasons. In need of improvement? There’s still time!

Stop in and ask us about our Purina deer feeds and supplements. Our products are designed to maximize growth and yield the highest quality possible. We are happy to answer any questions and point you in the right direction at Mansfield Feed!

View the entire article about deer body conditioning scores, see here.

Source: Purina Mills Animal Nutrition

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