When deer do their 'disappearing act'


The regular deer season is now almost two weeks old, and to hear a few people, including some hunters, you might get the impression that local deer populations are now approaching the endangered species level, knowing many have been harvested during that span. Admittedly, a fair number of whitetails have been taken, but there's also a very healthy number left, despite the much lower number being seen now. Judging from recent hunter-reported sightings, or lack thereof, that might seem hard to believe. So where do the deer go so as not to be as readily seen? Certainly there are times when it seems the earth has opened up and all the deer have gone underground. With no snow to reveal them or their telltale tracks, a stationary brown deer in a brown habitat can become nearly invisible. Every hunter can attest to that. The proof is when you look to the left and nothing is there. Look back a few seconds later, and a deer is standing there, as though it suddenly sprouted from the ground.

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