Understanding Deer Body Language

Deer Body Language


My experiences here at The hunting Channel Online have allowed me to meet some of the best hunters in the world and I have been able to learn priceless information from them, like reading deer body language.


Understanding deer body language can be one of the most important things a deer hunter should learn. How to read the body language of your quarry, I feel it’s a very valuable asset to add to your repertoire.



There are postures of a deer that I feel are essential to learn :


Buck Prancing (a buck with it’s head held high and tail held half-way out)

This is a threatening posture, it says that the buck may be searching for another buck. Although he may just be responding to your grunts or rattling there may be a slim chance that there is another buck in the treeline that you cant see. So it is important for you to take a second to look a little harder to make sure there isn’t a larger buck you may be overlooking in the shadows. Understanding deer body language, deer hunting tactics


Accepting doe: When it comes to deer body language and hunting A doe with her tail held straight out and slightly off to one side, this is the “golden goose” this doe is displaying full estrus and is accepting bucks. Undoubtedly she is be followed by a buck . And most likely if the first buck that passes by and it’s a dink, eventually another buck will pass hot on their trail.

Accepting Doe -Full estrus doe





Head Bobbing:

Deer bob their heads with the hope to fake you out. When a deer senses something is wrong but cant quit make it out they will head fake. They pretend to put their head down to simulate feeding and quickly lift their head back up trying to get you to move. If a deer is staring at you and for a few moments and then goes to feed don’t move until you have let him feed for a couple of minutes. So you can be sure he is really relaxed.


Foot stomping:

Deer will stomp for many reasons, but the main reason deer stomp is because they are alarmed. This action sends visual and aural warnings to other deer, and while the deer is stomping it is actually leaving a chemical message for other deer that there was danger here. Fortunately a deer must pass over that exact spot to sense this warning. Some hunter feel that you may have to relocate your stand if a deer repeatedly stomps leaving a much more distinct sign.   

Doe stomping


Alert Doe :

A doe with one ear forward and one ear cupped back. This means one thing the doe is surveying ahead for danger and listing behind for either: her fawns, a predator, or a trailing buck. If you observe a doe displaying this type of body language hold tight you may get a chance to whack a coyote or better yet a big old buck.






Lip Curling:

Lip Curling Buck

If you see a buck lip curling he is more then likely hot on the trail of a hot does and he trying to determine the source of the scent he is following. This buck won’t be around for long so you will have to make a decision to take him rather quickly.


Posturing buck :

A buck with an arch back and hairs on neck and back standing up, bucks display this type of posture to show aggression. Often because there is a much larger buck approaching. Large bucks are less likely to show aggression until they are engaged in combat where smaller bucks display aggression when larger bucks are around to deter the more dominant bucks from engaging them. Take care and look in the direction the agitated buck is looking you may be able to pick out the other right away, so you can make your decision to take this buck or hold tight.     

 The Tail Flick:

This is a very important body language element to learn and key into. A buck or a doe will flick their tail right before they begin to move after stopping to survey the landscape. They will also do this as an acknowledgement to your calling efforts. Many times a deer will be feeding,walking, etc. and you grunt at them or bleat at them and they seeming ignore you so you try to call louder because you think they didn’t hear you, this may be the case but most of the time its not. pay attention to their tail when you call they may give a little flick immediately after you call to acknowledge you but may not lift their head or even look in your direction. They may not be interested or you are not saying what they want to hear at that time.


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