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Can Whitetails Reason?

Sometimes, it's a mistake to give deer too much credit for thinking.

Can Whitetails Reason?

Will a whitetail buck avoid silhouetting himself by not walking a ridgetop? My brother, Barry, and I have debated this question for decades. He believes whitetails know they have a silhouette and will avoid skylines or the crests of wooded ridges during dusk and dawn hours. I don’t buy it. All deer absolutely pay attention to moving silhouettes and react to unidentified movement accordingly, but I don’t believe they can reason well enough to know they have their own silhouette. Obviously, one of the biggest mistakes a hunter can make while hunting species like wild sheep or pronghorns is to silhouette themselves.

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