Deer researchers know just how elusive whitetails can be. A radio-tagged Wisconsin buck, for instance, was forced out of his home range by opening-day hunters, but returned the next day and spent the remaining 8 days of the season in a wooded ravine. Despite heavy hunting pressure (about 30 hunters per square mile), only a few hunters even saw the deer and they were unable to bag him.
Whitetails routinely evade hunters in much the same manner, and in most cases, hunters assume there are no deer in the area.
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