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Why Sharp Edges Matter to Suspicious Whitetails

It's important to understand what sets off a wily old whitetail doe or buck, and obvious hard edges will ruin a hunt as quickly as a bad wind. (T.A. Harrison photo)
It's important to understand what sets off a wily old whitetail doe or buck, and obvious hard edges will ruin a hunt as quickly as a bad wind. (T.A. Harrison photo)

White-tailed deer are fickle creatures, no doubt about it. And geographically speaking, whitetails differ greatly, yet most core characteristics remain the same.

For example, deer in the Dakotas don’t mind a daily 20-mph wind, while whitetails in Georgia won’t get out of their beds if the wind is blowing like that.

The rut occurs at different times north to south, but they all display the same behavior leading up to, during and after the rut: Rubbing, scraping, chasing, etc. Really, it would be hard to nail down more than a few dramatic differences in deer across their home ranges.

But one thing is for certain; they are curious and skeptical creatures that notice things. If you think for one minute you can pop up a blind, put it on the edge of your favorite cornfield or food plot and just hunt it, you’re sorely mistaken.

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