They're the wariest, most elusive creatures in the Canadian woods, and for good reason.

As the meal of choice for many a predator, including man, white-tailed deer have developed an astonishingly acute set of senses for staying clear of danger. But their incredible eyesight, hearing and sense of smell are not only critical to their survival, they're also the foundation for how they communicate.

Odours, vocalizations and visual cues all play key roles in how whitetails talk to one another—crack this secret code and you're well on your way to connecting with a big buck this fall. Here's how to break down the language barrier.