If you ever been busted by a whitetail deer, You might want to familiarize yourself with their 3 senses.
Whitetail deer rely on their sense of sight, hearing, and smell to avoid potential dangers. Of their three senses, eyesight is the one that they least depend on. Wearing good camouflage to blend with the surroundings, and keeping your movement to a minimum, will decrease your chances from being seen.
The next sense they rely on is the ability to hear. Their long ears are like radars, being able to detect the slightest noise. When walking to your stand try to make as little noise possible. Avoid wearing clothing that makes noises with every slight move, and pick up your feet when you walk.
The most reliable sense a deer possesses is smell. They have a nose that can smell danger from hundreds of yards away. For that reason alone, hunters should always consider wind direction while hunting. Whether you are still, hunting via spot and stalk, or stand hunting, you want to keep the wind in your face as much as possible.
There are several scent products available on the market that can be used to minimize human odor. If a mature buck catches your scent, he will be gone before you even see him.
If you can overcome a deer’s senses, you will see more deer and have a better chance for success. Don’t get discouraged if you get busted every once in a while.
When you are in the woods, remember the deer live there and every move, sound and smell will alert them.
Check out this video to better understand the three deer senses.
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