Research: How Whitetail Vision Relates to Activity Patterns

Research: How Whitetail Vision Relates to Activity Patterns

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While they are considered crepuscular creatures, white-tailed deer are well adapted to see well under a wide variety of light conditions, day or night.

Whitetails can detect even the slightest movement under any light intensity. (Deer & Deer Hunting photo)

Seasonally, whitetails are most active during late winter and early spring, and during the autumn breeding season, with a substantial decline in activity during summer. (Car-deer accidents follow the same pattern.) The high level of activity during spring is due to high metabolic demands, in the face of low forage quality and depletion of body fat — deer simply must spend more time foraging to meet their needs.

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