What Are the Typical Times for Deer Movement?


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White-tailed deer are typically active just before sunset and just after sunrise, with most movement happening at dusk. However, this may vary depending on the season and habitat.

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White-tailed deer generally rest during most of the day, although many have a bit of movement during late morning. They usually browse and feed throughout the night. White-tailed deer typically rest and chew cud in the middle of the night, and the majority of their grazing tends to happen at night.

Resting deer usually find a quiet, sheltered area of dense brush to keep them safe. Deer in areas with sparse vegetation or a large population may rest in more visible areas, and they may move more often to find food. Weather and seasonal changes may cause deer to break their typical movement patterns and become active at unusual times.

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