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Deer Hunting Quiz...

The Deer Hunting Quiz - Can You Pass?

by Mel Gallop

To consistently bag white-tailed deer, the hunter must learn the answers to many questions, including the behavior patterns of the animal, the effects of weather and the signs a deer leaves behind after he has passed through an area. And the more questions a deer taker can answer about the animal he hunts, the more likely he is to unravel the riddle of where to find a deer on a particular day.

Sometimes the deer hunter hears and believes wrong information. Then because he is misinformed, he may miss his rendezvous with the buck. Take the deer-hunting quiz and see whether you pass or fail.

1. Question:
If you are deer hunting on a flood plain and the woods are flooded, the best place to find your buck is on dry ground, because deer don't like to go into water.
True or False
2. Question:
A hunter can tell a buck's track from a doe's track because:
(a) the buck's track will be wider than the doe's track;
(b) the buck's track will show the dew claws;
(c) the buck's track will have the hind feet closer to the front feet;
(d) a buck's track will press into the ground further than a doe's due to the greater weight of the buck;
(e) None of the above.
3. Question:
Correct bullet placement is critical to dropping a buck in his tracks. The best place to put a bullet in a buck for an instant, one-shot kill is:
(a) the center of the front shoulder;
(b) just behind the front shoulder;
(c) in front of the front shoulder;
4. Question:
Sex scents will lure a buck to where the hunter is because researchers have discovered a phermone (a chemical substance that is produced by an animal and serves as a stimulus to other individuals of the same species for one or more behavioral responses) which indicates to the buck that the doe is in estrus and ready to be bred.
True or False
5. Question:
Most hunters agree that when a buck smells human scent that the chances of bagging the deer become extremely difficult. Therefore knowing when the scenting conditions are in the buck's favor may be critical to success. All things being equal, is a buck more likely to smell a hunter in a tree stand in the morning or in the afternoon and why?
6. Question:
If you knew where to find a buck, what time of day he was most likely to appear and had a favorable wind and the opportunity to hunt, what weather conditions would provide the optimum chance of your seeing that deer on the day you plan to take him?
(a) hunting just ahead of a front;
(b) hunting during a drizzling rain;
(c) hunting right after a fresh snow;
(d) hunting a bluebird day;
(e) hunting during stable weather conditions.
7. Question:
If you could choose between the following stand sites for bagging a buck during the rut, which area would you pick?
(a) a stand 20 to 30 yards off an active scrape;
(b) a stand on the edge of a field where you have seen does feeding;
(c) a stand in a natural bottleneck between two scraping areas;
(d) a stand where you have seen a buck earlier in the season;
8. Question:
All the bucks within a given area have the right to and do breed the does in that region.
True or False
9. Question:
When hunting areas with high hunter pressure, your best chances of bagging a buck are to:
(a) find good feeding areas and arrive at those places early before the other hunters do;
(b) locate the most remote regions with the thickest cover and hunt these places assuming that the deer will prefer sanctuary over any other need;
(c) look for the most open spot you can find because the more land you can see and glass with your binoculars,
(d) hunt escape routes knowing that when deer are spooked, they will utilize these routes to escape hunters;
(e) stay up a tree all day, realizing that eventually someone will run a deer by you because of the large number of people in the woods.
10. Question:
When hunting in places with high hunter pressure, the best time to kill the buck is:
(a) in the morning when the hunters are coming into the woods and spooking deer;
(b) in the middle of the day when most hunters leave the woods to eat lunch;
(c) in the afternoons when the hunters are going home and spooking deer.
11. Question:
If hunters allow the spikes to run, they will increase the number of heavy antlered bucks that they have to hunt for the next season.
True or False
12. Question:
One of the very best things you can do this season to improve your odds for taking a buck is:
(a) sight in your rifle before your hunt;
(b) have your eyes checked;
(c) spend as much time scouting before opening week as you do opening week;
(d) all of the above.
13. Question:
Watering holes are one of a hunter's very best places to take a buck.
True or False
14. Question:
You are sitting on a tree stand just before dark when a fine buck walks into view. You squeeze the trigger, and the buck goes down but just as quickly jumps up and runs off. Rapidly you get down out of the tree and see blood at the spot where you hit the deer. Do you:
(a) pursue the deer hoping to find him before dark;
(b) don't follow the deer and plan to come back later at night to try and find him;
(c) don't run after the deer intending to find him the following morning;
(d) follow the deer as far as you can until darkness overtakes you or you locate the deer, then mark the place where you lost the trail at dark, and plan to hunt for the deer the next morning.
15. Question:
Human scent will spook a deer quicker than anything. To eliminate human scent the hunter should:
(a) bathe well before he hunts;
(b) hunt into the wind;
(c) use a cover-up scent;
(d) make sure he has on clean clothes for hunting.