Listen to the sound that large quadraped, like a horse, makes while it's walking slowly on it's own. Because of the 4 legs, the rythym is a 1,2...slight pause...3,4. If you listen to a horse on a hard surface, there's also a sound cadence that's sort of 1. Low 2.High.....3.High, 4. Low, or the classic, "clip-clop...clop-clip".
Deer walk the same way. Think of all the times you've watched deer walk while they feed. They usually move TWO feet when the move...rarely just one. Then they will follow it up with the other two. They also DO NOT drag or shuffle leaves when the walk, because they pick their small narrow hooves up clear of the ground and then set them down. That's why most of the time it's easy to distiguish between a deer and a squirrel moving in the woods. Squirrels "shuffle" when the move, deer don't (usually).
Try this...take a broom stick or a similar narrow piece of wood, and try making the sound a deer makes when it walks, and in a two beat pattern.
G.Fred Asbell in his EXCELLENT book, "Stalking and Stillhunting, The Groundhunter's Bible", describes a technique called the "deer walk" that he uses when the leaves are dry and there's deer in the area. He will set his foot down TOE FIRST (and he will point the toe down, kind of like a ballerina), purposely making a step sound like a deer's toe. After a very slight pause, he will arch his foot, and then bring the heel down in the same fashion; the idea being to sound like a deer. I have done this (it does take a little practice to do it right), but never in the presence of deer. The important thing is to NOT sound like a human, and like squirrels, a human being walking in the woods is akin to fog horn going off!
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