20 Deer Hunting Myths Debunked! – Part 1

By Cody Larrimore


Urinating near your stand will scare bucks away

Well, a buck might run if it sees any movement associated with your answering the call of nature, but the scent of urine itself isn’t going to have an effect. It’s a natural chemical signal out there in the animal world, and deer are no more alarmed by human urine than by that of does or raccoons.

A buck grows its biggest rack at 3 or 4 years of age

That may be the case for captive deer whose growth is unnaturally accelerated with heavy rations of high-protein supplemental food, but for deer in the wild, 5 to 7 years is the age when a buck grows its largest set of antlers.

The biggest buck gets his pick of the does

That’s true, if he’s there at the right time, the doe is willing, he intimidates all other suitors, and no smaller buck distracts him so long that another youngster sneaks in and breeds his mate of the moment. Distractions could cause him to miss his chance with a prime doe over the ridge, who instead accepts the advances of Average Joe.

Weather affects deer movement, just as it affects fishing success.

Deer are affected by weather, oftentimes significantly, but usually in a way opposite to how weather
affects fishing success. Example: Fish often bite best ahead of a front, or change of weather. Movement of deer, on the other hand, is often more predictable after a front moves through. During the storm itself, and leading up to it, deer sightings can be few. But the day after, particularly if clear, sunny weather prevails, deer often resume traditional movements.

The moon affects the rut

In a journal article that appeared in The Wildlife Society Bulletin in 2012, researchers reported that does came into estrus over a period of 30 to 40 days, with a standard deviation of 12 to 13 days, and that moon phase had no appreciable effect on the timing of this.

The biggest bucks live far from the roadsTerrain map

Given urban sprawl, rural development and the whitetail’s ability to live alongside humans, a safer generalization is that most big bucks live close to roads. Why? Because whitetails are surrounded by roads nearly everywhere they live.

Mature bucks walk into the wind whenever possible

If that were true, all mature bucks would eventually end up in far northwestern whitetail country, or whichever direction predominant winds blow from in your region. The fact is, the whitetail’s nose — and ears — are so extraordinary that deer hunters tend to discount how well whitetails use their eyes.

Shed antlers reveal the best place to hang your tree stands for next fall

Shed antlers can reveal which bucks might be available come deer hunting season, but only year-round scouting can determine if “the shed marks the spot.” In areas where deer migrate three miles or more between winter and summer range, you’ll struggle to connect deer hunting plans around it.

Bucks run for the hills when the shooting starts

A deer’s instinct is to survive with the resources at hand, and fear prevents it from seeking refuge in unknown territory. That’s especially true in the eastern United States where deer live in relatively small areas with ample food and cover. Whether whitetails are hunted by humans, hounds or other predators, they seldom stray far or long from their home range.

Only big bucks rub big treesRubs

Research in recent years verified that bucks of all ages and size work the same deer scrapes, and the same buck rubs, often. A study of rubs over several years revealed that even 5-year-old bucks rub trees as small around as your thumb


Please see “20 Deer Hunting Myths Debunked! – Part 2” for the remaining 10 myths!

Via: All Outdoor

Category: Hunting, deer, Myths

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