Did You Know about These Things?
Deer hunting is a world of secrets. There’s a lot that we just don’t know yet. But there are some recent findings that biologists have unearthed. Funny thing? They go against conventional deer knowledge and completely contradict what we once thought. Here are deer hunting’s top seven secrets.
1 | Buck-to-Doe Ratios Don’t Get Really Unbalanced
We’ve all heard that hunter who said their buck-to-doe ratio was 1:10. Don’t be fooled by those people. The data proves them wrong. Nature automatically helps to correct sex ratios each year. It can seem that there are many more does than bucks, but you have to factor in the number of buck fawns, too. When you do this, it is impossible to observe ratios more skewed than 1:5. And three does per buck is even more realistic in a bad situation.
2 | Deer Actually See in Color
The common saying that deer can’t see color simply isn’t true. Instead, deer see dichromatically. In laymen’s terms, deer are red and green color blind. However, they can see the color blue 20 times better than we can. They can also see shades of yellow.
3 | Deer Hear Only Slightly Better Than We Do
The truth is that we hear relatively similar to whitetails. Studies show that they hear high-pitched sounds slightly better than we do. Humans hear low-pitched sounds slightly better than deer. And deer have a slight upper-hand on mid-range intensities. However, deer are much better at picking up sounds in the woods than we are. They might hear something they know is unnatural to their environment that we ultimately ignore.
4 | Most Mature Bucks Have Smaller Home Ranges
The average home range for white-tailed bucks of all age classes is approximately 500 to 600 acres. The core area (the area within the home range where they spend the most time) is approximately 50 to 75 acres. However, recent studies show that the older a buck gets, the smaller their home ranges and core areas become. In essence, they determine what areas are the safest over time and continually stick to those locations more and more.