Whitetail deer are beautiful. They are smart. They are prolific (now). And they are delicious.
But before you can taste delicious venison, you need to be able to kill a deer, and to do that you need to outsmart one… (Or drive in Connecticut). To outsmart one, you need to understand what drives that animal. Then your on your way to the most grassed natural meat you can get your hands on.
3 things every deer wants
- water and food
- sex. (In November) otherwise safety again.
The biggest drive any deer has is to be safe. Thousands of years of life as a prey animal have created a real survivor. And they use their senses to ensure that they are always safe. The desire to survive and be safe will always trump these other two needs. Just walk out into a field where deer has decided to eat. They will abandon even fresh cut corn in a instant if they feel endangered.
if they feel safe, then they will look to satisfy their need for food and water. And this need changes with the seasons. Water is more important in summer. Other times of the year they can extract much of their water from vegetation. In fall, their instinct to fatten up for the winter pushes them to acorn laden ridges and fresh cut cornfields, as well as any nearby orchards for fallen fruit. In winter, they actuall can eat less, as their metabolism slows.
during November, does enter estrus. For a small window, they are ready to breed. Bucks enter their “rut” earlier, and would breed as early as the oopertunity arises, but generally the first two weeks in November sees the bulk of buck movement, as they chase the does for breeding opportunities.
How a Deers Needs Should Influence Your Hunting
Remember, safety trumps all other needs. No matter what you do, do it quietly, with the least impact to the Deers life, and always downwind. Don’t hunt the same place to often. Sneak in and out. The quickest way to ruin a hunting spot is to make the deer feel scared.
In the early season, and late season, hunt food sources. Acorns, clear cuts, standing or cut corn. And in November, follow the does. The bucks will not be far behind.
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