velvet buck compressI asked that simple question of my friend, Dr. Grant Woods, one of the top whitetail scientists in the world. He told me:

“Whitetails react incredibly quickly to either a positive or a negative stimulus. A lot of hunters fail to take that into account quickly enough. For example, if deer see or hear you in a tree stand near a food plot, they will learn to avoid that spot very fast. They will still go to the plot (positive stimulus) but they will circle your stand (negative stimulus). You might sit there, not see any deer and wonder what is wrong.

Hunters, especially bowhunters, need to take into consideration how fast deer, and especially mature bucks, react and adjust their feeding and travel patterns. Then the hunters need to adjust their stands and strategies accordingly.”

You’d better remember that.