6 Fun Whitetail Deer Facts

Posted on October 30 2018

6 Fun Whitetail Deer Facts

1.  A newborn fawn can stand in less than twenty minutes, walk in the first hour, and outrun a man in five days.

2.  On average, a deer needs to eat about eight pounds of vegetation for every one hundred pounds of body weight per day. So a 200 pound buck needs to eat 16 pounds of food every day. Most experts suggest that whitetails need about 2 to 3 quarts of water per day per 100 pounds of body weight.

3.  During the rutting season, a buck will lose up to 25 percent of their body weight from the constant chasing and seeking of does. Because a deer’s eyes contain more rods than cones, they have sharp vision in the dark, but not very good vision in daytime. The colors green, orange, and red appear to a deer as shades of gray, which explains why hunters are able to wear bright orange safety clothing . However they can see the color blue extremely well so stop wearing your blue jeans into the Treestand.

4.  Researchers at Mississippi State University found that a deer's sense of smell is similar to a domestic dog. It is thought to be from 500 to 1,000 times more acute than a human's. Some scientists estimate that under perfect conditions, a buck can smell a doe’s sexual pheromones from a mile away.

5.  Few whitetail deer live more than 5 years in the wild. Some whitetails have been found to be up to 11 years old in the wild, and domesticated deer have lived up to 20 years.

6.  A whitetail deer can run at speeds over 30 miles per hour, and swim at speeds of up to 13 miles per hour. A whitetail deer can leap over nine-foot fences and wall, and broad jump 30 feet with a running start.

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