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Buck Blunders: 8 Whitetail Behaviour Myths That Might Be Blowing Your Hunt

Larry Smith

Busting the Buck Myths

Are these buck blunders blowing your hunt?

When it comes to whitetail behaviours, hunters often blur the line between fact and fiction—and that calls for some serious debunking.

We’ve entered a new age of mythology. All you have to do is check out the latest movies, TV shows, books and video games to see how deeply today’s culture embraces folk stories, lore and downright fantasy. But the embracing of mythology is not restricted to fans of ancient battles for planetary supremacy, lurking vampires and wand-wielding wizards—the hunting community also willingly accepts myths as fact, even though many have no basis in science. Perhaps nowhere is this more prevalent than among deer hunters, so let’s set the record straight.

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.

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