Research has shown us that whitetail deer are appreciated
more than any other wild animal. This species is
renowned for its beauty, grace, strength, and majesty.
These aesthetic attributes hold a high place in
the human eye. But, for the seasoned hunter, these
traits are merely the icing on the cake. To a human
predator the appreciation for deer is synonymous
with hunting itself. Individuals who have hunted
sheep, elk, moose, and other big game animals know
that whitetail deer are the most challenging to
take. This hunters dilemma lies largely in the fact
that the whitetail has an instinct to danger that
is unsurpassed. Many hunters complain that this
species “sixth sense” enables them to smell a hunter’s
predatory disposition from miles away.
By inheritance the
whitetail deer posses the cunning ability and
defense mechanisms to evade even the most skilled
predator. These inherent abilities go hand in
hand with the deer’s instinctive sixth sense.
This is why humans in particular love the thrill
of hunting a whitetail buck.
We may study all
of their behavioral patterns, map out their bedding
and feeding areas, and feel as though we have
a strong grasp on how we are going to take our
giant buck, but we forget that we are dealing
with the mastermind of the prey world. Even the
most skilled deer hunter will sit motionless for
long periods of time, completely camoflaged and
cover scented, up in their tree stands, and still
cannot defete the deers sixth sense. A seasoned
hunter will expect to be humiliated on a consistent
basis by the whitetail deer. Yet year after year
this species still keeps us coming back for more.
We love a challenge. They pose the greatest.