whitetail

noun
white·​tail | \ ˈ(h)wīt-ˌtāl How to pronounce whitetail (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web But no such work has been conducted in an area of whitetail abundance in the East or Midwest. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: SW Wisconsin CWD, deer and predator research project in final year of field work," 14 Mar. 2020 While Dall sheep move down the mountain in winter, whitetails are left to fend for themselves against the ermine and wolverines that rely on them for protein. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "A long-awaited visit from whitetail ptarmigan leads to a moment captured forever," 26 Jan. 2020 Licking finished fifth among Ohio’s 88 counties in whitetails checked with 4,878, trailing Coshocton (6,715), Tuscarawas (5,781), Ashtabula (4,949) and Muskingum (4,929). Dave Golowenski, Cincinnati.com, "Mild weather bolsters Ohio deer harvest numbers for 2019-20," 10 Feb. 2020 Bears have also impacted moose populations in certain northern regions and prey on whitetail deer. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "Spring Bear Hunting Forecast for the U.S. and Canada," 2 Apr. 2020 This gun should make a great whitetail rifle from coast to coast—or sheep rifle from ridge top to ridge top. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The Best New Hunting Rifles from the 2019 SHOT Show," 23 Jan. 2019 In all, hunters checked 184,465 whitetails in the 2019-20 season — 11,795, or 6.8%, more than the 172,670 deer checked a year ago. Dave Golowenski, Cincinnati.com, "Mild weather bolsters Ohio deer harvest numbers for 2019-20," 10 Feb. 2020 Here, handgun-hunting expert Layne Simpson chooses the best pistols on the market for hunting whitetails, breaks down the specs for each, and provides a brief history of handgun hunting. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The Best Handguns for Deer Hunting," 8 Oct. 2019 Shotguns, muzzleloaders, handguns and rifles accounted for 95,000, almost two-thirds of them non-antlered whitetails. Dave Golowenski, Cincinnati.com, "Mild weather bolsters Ohio deer harvest numbers for 2019-20," 10 Feb. 2020

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Whitetail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitetail. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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