Hunting season is in full force now in North Dakota.
Here is a picture of our first whitetail hunter with his game.
The North Dakota state record whitetail deer came off of this ranch.
We have prime deer habitat here. Plenty of feed, water and shelter.
Whitetail deer are very smart and seem to know how to avoid hunters.
Studies have shown that deer can smell human scent on underbrush for days after we leave the woods. wary bucks react very negatively when they run across our scent, often becoming leery of the area for weeks afterwards.
Bucks most often bed by laying on their right side and facing downwind, which allows them to use their eyes, ears and nose to detect danger approaching from any direction.
Deer are quick and skillful swimmers, often taking to water when frightened. Deer can easily swim across lakes or rivers at 10 miles per hour.
When running, a deer takes a long stride, with it's tracks spaced as much as 25 feet apart.
This tells me you have to be a skillful hunter to bag a big buck.