See if you can pick up what the deer are putting down.
Think you know a lot about deer and how to pattern them? Take the test below to see how you score as a woodsman and hunter. Study the photos and give it your best shot. (Click on the link below for the answers.)
1. You’re hunting through the woods and come upon the melted imprint of a single deer bed in the snow. What kind of deer was it?
A. **A doe
**B. A buck
C. A fawn
D. Impossible to tell from the information at hand.
2. ****Widely splayed tracks always indicate the presence of a good-sized buck.
True or false?
3. ****A feeding area is behind this hunter. This rub was found beside a well-worn trail. What does it suggest as far as when it was made?
A. It was likely made in the morning.
B. **It was likely made in the evening.
**C. It is impossible to make any assumptions about when the rub might have been made based solely upon the sign discovered by the hunter.
4. Which of these statements is true of scrapes?
A. **Those along field edges are made during daylight by dominant bucks that are too wary to enter the field.
**B. A buck protecting his territory during the peak of the rut will come along at some point every day to freshen the scrape, making it a great place for a hunter to have a stand.
C. Large scrapes are made by big bucks, while small scrapes are made by small bucks.
D. All but those along well-used travel routes will be abandoned except by random visitors after the does start to come into estrus.
5.**** This rub was found along the edge of a field. What conclusions can be accurately drawn from its presence?
A. **A buck of undetermined size stopped at this spot during the previous six weeks.
**B. **Due to the rub’s size, a buck with big antlers most surely made it.
**C. Rubs like this mark frequently used travel routes. This is a good place for a stand.
D. Because the tree was not deeply rubbed, the buck that made the sign most likely had a small rack.
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