Deer Vision | How It Works And What They See | Deer Hunting Tips

Have you ever wondered what a whitetail deer can actually see? Is it similar or much different than the way we see? Wildlife biologist and QDMA Director of Conservation Kip Adams has some pretty interesting insight on what deer can see and how they use their vision to avoid predators and hunters alike.

Deer have dichromatic vision, meaning they see better in 2D than 3D. Their eyes are also placed on the side of their heads, allowing them to see something even if they aren’t looking in that direction at all. They also see colors differently than we do, having better vision in the blue, green and yellow areas of the color spectrum. Knowing these things about deer can give you an upper hand while pursuing them this fall!

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50 Comments

  1. acasey158 on November 21, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Question on deer vocalization. Do they use ultra low sound for communication? Similar to elephants for long distance communication.
    When a deer in the field turns to look into the bush and there has been no loud sounds from the bush, at least nothing I can hear.

  2. Brian on November 21, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Deer see extremly well dawn and evening hours.

    Evidence in the sides of the roads seems to tell a different story

  3. Ll. Jones on November 21, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Didn’t go 20

  4. Will Rogers on November 21, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Wow, ground-breaking information rite here!!

  5. robert cushman on November 21, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    I do well in my blue jeans I have not worn camo pants to kill a deer in 10 years if you do not move they will walk right past you. My last 4 were less than 20 ft

  6. Kristian Gustafson on November 21, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Reckon this is similar for European deer species? Fallow & Reds? All the cervidae?

  7. Long Dong on November 21, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Quick question how good is there night vision? No reason

  8. 1960shakey on November 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    I never take advice from a man with a yellow rubber wrist band…….

  9. DESHAWN VLOGS on November 21, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Excellent video!! Subscribed

  10. Me Me on November 21, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Killed my biggest buck ever wearing blue jeans,just like all the old timers

  11. Hi Hi on November 21, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    “Leave blue jeans and anything yellow at home”- wearing blue jeans and a yellow bracelet

  12. Andrew Hunter on November 21, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Did anyone else read "Deer venison" at first lol

  13. Dirt Beard on November 21, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    best lure for deer? my cat. He follows me out and deer walk right up to him.

  14. Satans V Card on November 21, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    For all we know they actually see everything and they see some big blazing orange guy sitting somewhere in the woods

  15. Sam Richmond on November 21, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    True comments. I have hunted for 40 years. Scent cover is a must. No movement is a must. Quiet is a must. I have seen lots of neat things happen when you blend into the woods

  16. Jhon Rellim on November 21, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I shot my first buck, when he looked up to scrape his antlers on a tree, it gave me time to grab my bow and shoot him.

  17. Outlaw Country Music on November 21, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    "The deer might put his head down to make you think hes not looking"

    bruh, your giving these damn deer too much respect

  18. Hunt Fish Eat on November 21, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Chandler Schaefer on November 21, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    I hunt 30 feet in the air so kind of impossible for them to see me 🙂

  20. Ry on November 21, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    there is literally no way to know any of this

  21. Ashby Taylor on November 21, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    I have gotten a lot of deer at dusk by walking up to them in the field

  22. Mitchell Danielski on November 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I shot a doe like two weeks ago in a blue flannel.

  23. dude man on November 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Deer are color blind ! helps deer pinpoint movement easier!

  24. Austin Nardone on November 21, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Another great tip if they look into your eyes close your eyes I didn’t believe this at first my grandfather told me something about the eye to eye contact freaks them out so close ur eyes till they drop there head I smoked a buck who knew I was there the whole time I closed my eyes stayed patient listened to where he was heading let him pass the side of my stand he got out front of me behind some trees I stood up drew back and nailed him at 20 yards dropped at 40 dead. Was a sick first bow kill.

  25. Cole on November 21, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    That’s a beautiful house

  26. ErickRedbeard on November 21, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    I just hunted mule deer successfully 5 days ago and all the same things apply. I was on a small 5 acre plot and I was out in the open walking slowly, still hunting when I looked about 70 yards out there was a doe staring at me. She was just over the property line so I couldn’t just shoot. I froze all movement to avoid startling her. I spent several minutes just moving one arm out from under the sling while she tried to decide what she had seen. When she glanced away I squatted down so I didn’t silhouette myself anymore. A few minutes later when she and her friend crossed over I got a clear shot, by then they were just 20 yards away and I was on the ground. Avoid sudden movement. Even if they see you you can still make it work if you don’t rush your movements.

  27. MotoX4life2000 on November 21, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    My truck is bright blue. So this is not the most exciting news.

  28. OLSKOOL on November 21, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    I found out many years ago camo is a gimmick! I live in SC, we have the longest deer season in the world. AUG. 15-JAN1 I have killed 100s of deer. I kill them mostly on the ground with blue jeans and earth toned shirts. movement is key! deer see color but they don’t associate it with man,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  29. Brohdawg is Bad on November 21, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    But like why tf is this in my recommended

  30. cile filjic on November 21, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    the most beautiful thing in nature it exactly suit into the wild world 🙂

  31. k123332 on November 21, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I have never had orange that didn’t have uv brighteners in them. They make you stand out like a neon light.

  32. G J on November 21, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I was wearing a tan coat and tan pants crawling through a field towards some deer and had a buck walk right up about 20 yards away to eat a few stalks of soybeans that were left and he stopped and looked at me like wtf is this

  33. DocB on November 21, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Does it make a difference for Deet vision whether I wear a headlamp that is white vs red / blood tracker light? or green / predator hunting light ? I think amber light would be bad bc it’s basically a shade of yellow.

  34. windriverdude on November 21, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    If orange looks green to a deer, what does green look like???

  35. Travis Howell on November 21, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    How does anyone know what deer see? I’m assuming there a scientific answer to this, but how much of what we hear is opinion vs fact? For instance, this guy sounds very confident that deer see blues and yellows extremely well…. where did he get these facts from? As with moth things, ove heard sort of the exact opposite of this from guys that seem just as confident in what they are saying. So what to believe? Where can I find the studies that the stated facts come from? Anyone know?

  36. Simon Powell on November 21, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    As I understand it, a human outline will spook deer.
    Camo, in the army is called DPM. Disruptive Pattern Material, blurs the outline. A guile suit with a skirt and long fringes changes your outline. Also their eyes consists of many more rods (for low ligh) than cones (for seeing colour.) So their colour vision is limited, compared to us, but their night vision is far better.

  37. Tonchy Shultz on November 21, 2020 at 9:33 pm

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  38. Maison Stamson on November 21, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    My arrow fletchings are blue and yellow, guess college colors weren’t the best choice 😂

  39. My Opinion on November 21, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    I found this very interesting. I always wonder how do we figure this out? I guess from being around them.

    I live in a forested area close to water and we have deer in our yard year round. It’s funny how they get use to me. I always try to distance myself, but sometimes I’ll be working in the yard and they literally will walk right by me… within 10 feet even. Once I swear he was about 6 feet. Scares me and I’m like a deer caught in headlights. They also seem to like a campfire—. Several times when we are sitting around the campfire the herd just comes on thru. They don’t care that we are there.

    I know there are thousands of them and in some cities they become a real nuisance and will over populate, but I could never shoot one even if I was hungry. They are so beautiful.

  40. Bob Hope on November 21, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    "Yeah well I hit one with a VAN goin 55 mph with the headlights on and the horn blowin! Woo thats a illusive little creature" – Ron White

  41. Ty H on November 21, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    funny because nicest buck i shot was in blue jeans and bright yellow work shirt after work

  42. DocB on November 21, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    What do they see at NIGHT? Is their movement detection different at night?

  43. Cagy McCorgeson on November 21, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Awesome tips!

  44. Kyle Widmyer on November 21, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Only crappy hunters worry about things like this.

  45. Garland Cox on November 21, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Do not take advice from these guys that don’t know any more than you do just use common science.

  46. ALPHA JACK on November 21, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Awesome thank you

  47. Jimi Jordan on November 21, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve seen more deer in blue jeans and a old green flannel than I’ve ever seen in camo .
    How they see color is only a theory . Unless you’re a deer speaking a human language …….. there’s no way to tell how they see us.

  48. Ethan Man03 on November 21, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I thought orange was brown to a deer

  49. c walt on November 21, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    A deer’s ears will tell you what their eyes are focusing on.

  50. Nelson Andrade on November 21, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    I was reading that they see wide but a narrow band up down, and that’s why there head goes up and down to get that band of site up and down

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