deer biology

The Worst Thing About Being a Deer

  What is the worst thing about being a white-tailed deer? Well, to me, it would have to include the infestation of external parasites, including ticks, screw-worms, mosquitoes and black flies. But there’s one scourge that has got to really bother the whitetail: botfly larvae. You have likely seen deer reacting to nasal bots...

More Clues About How, Why Deer See Better Than Humans

White-tailed deer are a prey species. Their sight, hearing and sense of smell are especially adapted to evade predators, human hunters included. While the whitetail’s ability to hear and smell potential danger is probably most critical for survival purposes, I’ve been impressed by their ability to detect even the slightest bit of potentially dangerous...

Must-Watch Video: What This Buck Does Makes No Sense

What’s the closest encounter you’ve ever had with a whitetail deer? Ten or 15 feet, maybe closer? What about a buck following your trail and coming in to sniff your stand while you’re standing above looking down at it? Deer are curious, entertaining and sometimes perplexing creatures. Whether we’re watching them in spring and...

The Best Way to Find More Shed Antlers

If you want to find more shed antlers you have to search where whitetails congregate and you need to put boots on the ground. In addition to these two simple elements you can up your antler game and gain by incorporating a common piece of hunting equipment. No, it’s not an ATV to ride...

Sunday Hunting Bans: Separation of Church and Scrape

And it was decreed that on Sunday hunting shall be prohibited and no one even on private land they own shall pursue fowl or game, and everyone said “Amen.” Nay, not everyone. Eleven states still have some kind of prohibitions, limits or outright ban on hunting on Sunday. Most are in the northeast part...

Understanding the Metabolism of the Wintering Whitetail

In several of his books, Charles Alsheimer describes the whitetail as a true athlete and in my opinion, he’s spot on with that assessment. The whitetail deer boasts an innate ability to overcome the most adverse circumstances, regardless of geographical location or the level of difficulty Mother Nature has dealt them during any given...

Big Buck Sheds Both Antlers on Film!

Hey everybody, check this out. It is one of the coolest videos I’ve seen come across my desk in a while. Jeff Enns posted this on YouTube a while ago, but we first saw it now. He writes: “Here is a mule deer buck that I have trail cam videos and videos of in...

Once a Spike, Always a Spike: Deer Hunting’s Big Myth

White-tailed deer tend to grow antlers that are fairly well-balanced. That is, one side looks pretty much like the other. Keep in mind, however, that no two antlers are ever exactly alike, although their similarities from side to side, or even from one buck to the next, are sometimes striking. Nevertheless, deer antlers are...