behavior is directly related to the environment he lives and interacts in. With
today's growing suburban areas whitetails and people are having to live side-by-side.
Our houses, roads and everyday comings and goings impact where and when deer feed,
travel and bed.
Indians believed the moon, wind and rain affected deer movements. Current studies
confirm that deer activity indeed varies depending on temperature, moon phases
and even barometric pressure.
especially mature bucks, are active at night, preferring to feed, mingle and mate
under a cloak of darkness. But no deer is completely nocturnal. Otherwise, we'd
never have a shot at a trophy buck! Deer remain active at dawn and start to move
again at dusk.
will find that deer typically bed down at midday. Studies have shown that they
rarely if ever bed in the same exact spot twice; in order to possibly deter a
predator from locking on their scent and lying in wait for an easy meal the next
day. Deer never sleep for long periods of time. Rather, they dose, always trying
to stay alert.
whitetails are social animals that are found in herds, the sexes stay largely
divided. Outside the breeding season, a mature buck almost never stays with a
"doe unit", or a group of does and fawns. Bucks travel alone or band
together in bachelor's clubs for most of the year.
communicate with vocalizations and scents. For example, a buck trailing a doe
in the rut might utter the "tending grunt." She might bleat back. A
buck rub-urinates in a scrape, peeing over his tarsal glands to lay down scent
that might attract a doe or challenge another male. The deer still facinates and
mystifies us enough to warrant further study.