This week we’re going to look at a deer I named after the kill. We watched this buck grow up on our farm, but it wasn’t until his personality change in his sixth year that he earned the name Flipper. His flip in personality was so extreme it seemed fitting.

For the first five years this deer was pretty much a loner. We didn’t get many trail cam photos of him at the social gathering areas of the farm. He never seemed too interested in the girls, even during the peak of the rut. But in his sixth year everything changed…

If you’re lucky enough to hunt the same deer year after year, you’ll likely see these changes, too. It can inform your hunting strategy, and all in all make for a more rewarding deer season.

Check out previous episodes of DSI:

Introducing DSI: Deer Scene Investigation

DSI: A Spot-and-Stalk Whitetail Hunt

DSI: A Big Woods Buck

DSI: Evander, Tracy’s First Bow Buck

DSI Video Tip: The Worst Case Scenario

DSI: The Contamination Buck

DSI Video Tip: Make a Map

DSI Video Tip: Shoot Your Situation

DSI Video Tip: The Long Draw

DSI Video Tip: How to Triangulate Deer Location with Trail Cameras

DSI: The Second-Chance Buck

DSI Video Tip: Three Season Camera Survey