The Whitetail Deer Hunter's Quiz

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Hunting over the years has become a competitive sport and hunters everywhere, young and old, new and seasoned - all vying for the best places to hunt. Many are trying to harvest that big whitetail buck to grace their wall. But as the season gets closer the competitiveness between some hunters can escalate to unhealthy levels. By the end of the season the rivalry and pecking order of the hunting camp has ended by who shot the largest bucks and the oldest does.

These same hunters often read countless articles and watch many videos to learn new techniques and tactics to help them have a more successful season. This quiz is designed to test your knowledge about the whitetail deer and the many other aspects surrounding the successful managing and harvesting of them.

Use this quiz to test you own knowledge or use it on your fellow hunting partners to find out who is the wisest and most savvy deer hunter in your group. It might just help establish next year's pecking order in the cabin and fend off a few arguments before they begin - or start new ones. So let's get started, grab a pencil and paper and test your knowledge!

1. The whitetail deer can see:
A. In color
B. Black & White
C. Wavelengths of blue
D. Wavelengths of red

2. The whitetail can see how many degrees without moving his head:
A. 90
B. 180
C. 60
D. None of the above

3. A whitetail deer's gestation period is:
A. 180 days
B. 200 days
C. 270 days
D. One year

4. The best way to drive whitetail deer is to place the drivers:
A. With a truck
B. Upwind of the standers
C. Downwind of the standers
D. Down hill

5. A whitetail deer living in the Midwest will use his senses differently than a deer in Northern Maine:
A. True
B. False

6. A condition in a whitetail caused by ingesting too much protein is called:
A. Nitrogen Narcosis
B. Ammonia Toxicity
C. Bloating
D. None of the above- it can't happen

7. If a whitetail doe is not bred on her first estrous cycle she will come into heat again in:
A. 24 hours
B. 48 Hours
C. 28 days
D. The next year

8. On average a whitetail deer will eat how many pounds of browse a day:
A. 1-3 pounds
B. 4-6 pounds
C. 7-9 pounds
D. 10 pounds

9. A wounded whitetail deer will always run down hill:
A. True
B. False

10. Minimum time you should wait before following a deer hit with an arrow:
A. 30 minutes
B. 1 hour
C. 2 hours
D. Depends on point of impact

11. Pink frothy blood on a blood trail would indicate:
A. Superficial wound
B. Liver shot
C. Lung shot
D. None of the above

12. The area near a whitetail deer's feeding area is known as the:
A. Bedding area
B. Travel corridor
C. Staging area
D. Core area

13. The area that a deer spends a majority of his life in and feels most secure in is its:
A. Core area
B. Bedding area
C. Home range
D. None of the above

14. The term used to define the total area in which a deer will spend a majority of life:
A. Home range
B. Sanctuary
C. Both A & B
D. None of the above

15. The best rifle for deer hunting is:
A. 30-06
B. .300 Win magnum
C. .308
D. One that the hunter is most familiar with

16. When purchasing a bow, the most important factor to consider is:
A. Price
B. Quality
C. Size
D. Overall mass weight

17. When using estrous scents it is best to place the scent:
A. Upwind of your stand location
B. Downwind of your stand location
C. At your stand location
D. Where you expect deer to come from

18. When a whitetail buck is following an out of sight doe and is grunting. The vocalization is known as:
A. Tending Grunt
B. Rutting Grunt
C. Trailing grunt
D. None of the above

19. The most aggressive vocalization that a whitetail buck makes is:
A. Rutting Grunt
B. Grunt-Snort-Wheeze
C. Bugle
D. None of the above

20. When a whitetail buck makes a rub, he rubs scent from which gland on the tree:
A. Tarsal gland
B. Pre-orbital gland
C. Orbital gland
D. Interdigital gland

21. The size of the tree is a true indicator of the size of the buck that made it:
A. True
B. False

22. A scrape that is used by several whitetail bucks is known as a:
A. Territorial scrape
B. Breeding Scrape
C. Community Scrape
D. Bachelor group scrape

23. Scent from how many glands are deposited on the licking branch above a scrape:
A. One
B. Two
C. Three
D. None

24. If you are trying to get closer to a whitetail deer that is out in the open, you can usually do so by:
A. Walking right at him
B. Not moving until the deer looks away
C. Walking at an angle towards the deer
D. Both B & C

25. Spending too much time deer hunting can cause:
A. Fatigue
B. High taxidermy bills
C. Divorce
D. All of the above

Now that you have answered all the questions, let's see how you did.

Below you will find all the answers as well as explanations of the correct answers Once you have graded yourself and determined how many correct answers you have you can now look at how you ranked. Based on your score you may find yourself feeling rather superior or well below par. Either way, no matter how well you did there is always more to learn.

If you liked taking this quiz, let us know. If the response is favorable we have another quiz coming soon on survival for possible survivors….. or victims.

How you ranked:

18-25- Probably the best hunter in camp and may end up with their own television program showing others how to manage and kill trophy whitetails.

13-17- One of the best hunters in camp. Usually see nice bucks and usually get one of them. On your way to being the best in camp

12-16- You're getting there but no one in camp is asking you for advice yet on where to put a stand that's for sure.

11-15- Still a greenhorn. Better spend a lot more time in the woods as well as reading and watching stories about deer hunting. Still got a chance of starving to death during deer season.

1-10- They say a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while and this time the squirrel is you. You might get deer but not very often.


1- C; Studies have concluded that while deer can't see all colors they can see some blues which makes wearing blue jeans show more to deer than Fluorescent orange that actually appears as a tan to brown color to them.

2- D; With their eyes positioned on the side of their head they can actually see 270 degrees without turning their head.

3- B; The gestation period is approximately 200 days. Knowing this will allow you to determine when the rut occurred which can help for next year.

4- B; This allows the standers to be downwind of the deer and also allows the deer to be moving slower as they move out of the way of the drivers.

5- A; Deer in dense terrain will rely more on their sense of smell while a Midwest deer will use his eyes as much as his ears.

6- B; Ammonia Toxicity- Condition caused by the ingestion of foods containing more protein than a deer can utilize

7- C; A doe will come into estrous again in 28 and will be in estrous for approximately 24 hours. She may come into estrous up to 5 times.

8- C; While this varies over the course of a year, the average is 7-9 pounds a day.

9- B; False. A severely wounded deer will usually run downhill but there are always variations to the rule.

10- D; Depends on where you hit the deer. With a lung or heart shot you may only have to wait 10 minutes while a poor liver shot should be about 7 hours and a paunch shot even longer if conditions allow it.

11- C; Lung shot. For the archery hunter, this is what we all look for.

12- C; Staging area. This is an area where deer will come into feed a little bit and hang out if it's too early to enter a field or survey the field from the area.

13- A; Core area. This is the area within its home range and may be only 60 acres in size. Depending on the surrounding area it could be slightly more or less.

14- A; Home Range. This is the total area in which a deer will live in a majority of the time. Depending on the geographical location and its surroundings it may be less than a square mile while others it may be several miles.

15- D; As long as the rifle has the energy to take larger game down a rifle that a hunter knows well will be the most deadly.

16- C; Size. A bow that doesn't properly fit to the shooter can cause bad shooting form which then causes poor shot placement and inconsistency.

17- A; Upwind. You want the deer to follow the scent stream in and come past your stand for a shot. This placement helps insure it doesn't "hang up" out of range.

18- C; Trailing grunt. A buck will often make this sound as he walks and can be as often as each time he places a foot as he walks.

19- B; Grunt-Snort Wheeze. This vocalization means business and can scare off subordinate bucks if used by the hunter in the wrong situation.

20- C; Orbital Gland. A waxy secretion that further helps to announce to other bucks in the area of a particular buck's presence.

21- B; False. While small bucks generally run small trees and big bucks rub big trees, big bucks will often rub small trees as well.

22- C; Community Scrape. This scrape is often much larger than a normal scrape. On occasion it can be the diameter of a compact car.

23- C; Three. The Vomeronasel gland, Orbital Gland, and Pre-orbital Gland all have a role in placing an individual buck's scent characteristics on a scrape location. Not to mention the several gland secretions that go on the ground as he makes a scrape.

24- D; Both B& C. Deer have poor depth perception and probably have Attention Deficit Disorder because even if they see you as long as you hold tight and don't make eye contact they will often forget about you and go back to feeding and you can cut the distance down greatly by moving closer at left and right angle to them.

25- D; All of the above. Some of you may already know about these. I have three out of four- so far.

C.D. Denmon, from Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania, is an award winning outdoor writer and wildlife photographer and currently writes for several publications throughout the country. He has been hunting for 24 years and has hunted throughout the United States, Canada and Africa and has been successful at taking many trophy class animals in the process.


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Yes, every deer season there is a lot of competition among hunters. They will do whatever it takes to bag the ever-elusive buck that is the biggest of the season. This is a great quiz.


Hunting has become as competitive as football and those who can pass this quiz will likely do better than their competition next season because you simply can't be arguing with numbers.

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