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#6522049 - 11/01/16 03:48 PM Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt?
Noble Savage Offline
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Registered: 10/09/16
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I was in conversation with my dad this morning about the demands of Whitetail deer hunting vs something like Sheep or Elk hunting. Would you say that Whitetail hunting is all around the most challenging type of big game hunting in North America? When you think about all that goes into the Whitetail Deer season (5-months of hunting):
  • Pre-season Scouting
  • Food Plots planting
  • Feeders
  • Trail Cams
  • Stands and Blinds
  • Tempraturess(eason that ranges from 90 degrees to 0 degrees)
  • Differences in habitat
  • Hunting Methods
  • Target Size
  • Excellent sense of smell and pretty good eyesight


The list can go on. There are other hunts that are physically more challenging for a period of time (a week or so) but overall Whitetails require some serious commitment.
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#6522059 - 11/01/16 03:59 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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Pick an animal that Is seldom if ever shot and killed from a comfortable box stand with a cooler of beer nearby.

I created a similar thread some time ago that identified several wild game animals that live in the U.S. and that are difficult to hunt and white tails were not in the mix.

Many of the items in your list have nothing to do with hunting, but more to do with simply waiting to shoot one.
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#6522063 - 11/01/16 04:04 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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Whitetails in general are not that challenging. An old Whitetail buck on the other hand can be challenging. I think though your definition of challenging isn't the same as mine...

Sheep hunting would kick most everyone not in shapes butts....

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#6522069 - 11/01/16 04:08 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: CTR]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: CTR
Sheep hunting would kick most everyone not in shapes butts....


I got that impression as well from earlier responses.
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#6522117 - 11/01/16 04:35 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Texas Dan]
Noble Savage Offline
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Many of the items in your list have nothing to do with hunting, but more to do with simply waiting to shoot one.


Hey Texas Dan, I guess my point is that you're not going to be consistently successful hunting mature Whitetails if you're not spending A LOT of individual time, money, and effort to prepare. Additionally you're dealing with a long season and temp swings from the hottest days of the year in September, to the coldest Jan-Feb. You have to be part biologist, farmer, and engineer, etc... There's just a lot an individual goes up against to be successful.

There are a lot of animals that are stealthy (mountain lions), live in extreme conditions (dall sheep), are limited in range and availability (bison) but in a lot of those cases the guides are doing that work around the year to put clients in position. There may be someone on here that is doing a DIY Dall Sheep hunt, I'd like to talk to him/her because that would be incredible.
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#6522229 - 11/01/16 05:41 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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Muledeer are more challenging to me.

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#6522288 - 11/01/16 06:02 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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Those spikes that still have faded spots and milk on the chin are hard to hit at 200 yards.

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#6522321 - 11/01/16 06:17 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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Agree on mule deer, when they get some age on them after the rut are some smart critters.

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#6522324 - 11/01/16 06:18 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Jimbo]
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Originally Posted By: Jimbo
Those spikes that still have faded spots and milk on the chin are hard to hit at 200 yards.


yeah, but you know it's worth the trouble
when it's on your plate beside those mashed
taters and green beans. nuthin like it

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#6522328 - 11/01/16 06:20 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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Obviously "challenging" is going to be subjective, but I agree to an extent. To kill mature whitetail year after year of certain quality is challenging. To kill "A" deer is not, but to kill "the" deer is.
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#6522451 - 11/01/16 07:16 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: txshntr]
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Originally Posted By: txshntr
Obviously "challenging" is going to be subjective, but I agree to an extent. To kill mature whitetail year after year of certain quality is challenging. To kill "A" deer is not, but to kill "the" deer is.


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#6522488 - 11/01/16 07:32 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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Since you said North America I would have to go with sheep, then elk, then bear, then a tie with antelope and whitetail. Caribou would be the least if you find the migration route. Mature buck whitetail is all about timing and set up. Tons of variables involved.
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#6522514 - 11/01/16 07:44 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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In the end its the challenge you created and the challenge the animal you hunted created. I had a guy that preticipated in canned company hunts and said he quit hunting deer because it was too easy. Ha. Im sure it was. Create a real challenge and go one on one with a wild mature whitetail and then you have your contest.
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#6522612 - 11/01/16 08:26 PM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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Never hunted Sheep and I bet their tough to hunt. Have hunted Elk a lot and their the most challenging animal I've hunted.
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#6523043 - 11/02/16 07:35 AM Re: Are Whitetail Deer the most challenging animal to hunt? [Re: Noble Savage]
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Not even close.

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