I chuckled when I saw this Whitetail Doe Squatting Behind A Log. I couldn’t resist getting a photo. This was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.

Whitetail Doe Squatting Behind Log
Whitetail Doe Squatting Behind Log

I know that this Doe was urinating but I thought I would also mention other reasons why they would squat.

Why Would a Whitetail Doe Be Squatting?

  1. Urination

One of the most common reasons for a doe to squat is urination. Just like other animals, does need to eliminate waste, and they do so by squatting. This behavior also serves a territorial purpose as the doe leaves a scent marking that lets other deer know that the area is occupied.

  1. Giving Birth

Another reason why a doe might be squatting is that she is giving birth. Does typically give birth to one or two fawns in the spring or early summer, and they will squat to deliver the fawns. It’s important to note that this is a time when the doe will be especially protective of her young, so it’s best to keep a safe distance and not approach her.

  1. Mating Behavior

Squatting can also be a sign of readiness to mate in does. When a doe is in estrus (the fertile period in the female reproductive cycle), she may squat to signal to male deer that she is ready to mate. This behavior is also a way for the doe to communicate with other female deer, letting them know that a male is nearby and that the area is occupied.

  1. Health Issues

Occasionally, a doe may squat due to health issues. For example, if the doe is experiencing digestive problems, she may squat as a result of discomfort.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: July 24, 2022 (07:35 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/500
  • ISO: 1600
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Back-button Focus
  • Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm