In ‘The Science of Fear’ we want to heavily observe how fear develops specific suburban deer behaviors over the course of a Whitetail’s life.
Conditioning is a process in which repeated actions cause a learned reaction over time. A truly fascinating aspect of deer psychology, covered in ‘The Science of Fear’, is that deer have different variations of learned behaviors from the same stimuli over different locations, from as far as states away to as close as within a mile. We will tackle four major subjects on the subject of fear and how it relates to Whitetail deer behavior.
“We need to understand that most of this comes down to the age old saying, ‘we saw the deer when we least expected it’. Those moments, no matter what part of the country we are in, hold one important and fundamental fact. This is when we behave least like hunters and more like the “everyday” citizen. It is when we are closest to our vehicles, talking to our hunting companions on our way out, and just plain not being hunters.”
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The first topic we tackle in this series called ‘The Science of Fear’ on urban deer behavior is a deer’s flight distance. What is so…