Before you head out to the woods on your next hunt, wouldn’t it be nice to know how deer see the world?
We often get caught up in the effectiveness of our own senses and think every animal with eyes sees the world like we do. Some new research shows that although the basics of sight are similar, how deer see the world is much different than how we do.
Sit back and put on your deer goggles.
With the hunting economy running at full speed these days, you can imagine why so many companies would want to cash in on this type of knowledge. Touting your camo pattern’s ability to fly under the radar of deer vision would correlate to millions of dollars in revenue.
What else can we learn from this, and what are the takeaways for hunters? To begin with, it’s incredible that the deer who so often foil our greatest plans would fail to pass an eye exam. This might explain why after a deer catches your movement it will stare intently at you until you move again or it decides the risk of waiting to find out what you are isn’t worth it.
They know they saw something, they just can’t tell what in the world it was.
Although deer appear to have poor vision, every hunter’s experience has told them otherwise. Meet a guy who hasn’t gotten picked off more than a time or two, and you’ll be looking at a guy who hasn’t spent much time in the field. What’s the catch?
In the world of a deer, they don’t need to be able to pass a vision test or focus clearly on objects, they need to spot movement. If they can catch you moving they don’t need to know what you are, only that you are too close for comfort.
If you are lucky enough to infiltrate within 50 yards, things have to go just right if you plan on getting any closer.
Another important piece of info hunters can glean from this video is the understanding of the scope of a deer’s visual field. The video segment mentions how a deer’s wide-set eyes give it a greater visual range; they can see more area.
This is why spot and stalk hunters have long known to move only when an animal is facing away from you, or has its head down. As a prey animal it is more important to see a wide panoramic view than the predator-style, straight ahead view we have become accustomed to.
As hunters we are always striving to learn more about the animals we pursue. Realizing what how deer see the world is an important piece of knowledge all hunters can use to improve their odds of scoring in the woods.
Hopefully this understanding will help you next time you are trying to seal the deal on your next deer.