Whitetail Deer Hunting – Take the Quiz

Whitetail Deer Hunting Quiz (Firearms) Season

As a former Hunter Education Instructor, this quiz I developed this morning is intended for your entertainment and learning about you the hunter, the deer and safety. It is encouraged that hunters periodically refresh themselves with the comprehensive NHFG Hunter Education Program. On line courses are available in 2014 see the site below.


Quote From NHFG Hunter Education page:

Today’s hunters are going into the field knowing how to hunt safely, responsibly and ethically. Coupled with the voluntary use of hunter orange clothing, Hunter Education has dramatically helped to reduce the number of hunting-related firearms incidents in the field.”

I use hunter orange in Muzzleloader season and Firearms deer Season and so do all my hunting friends. Safety First! 360 degrees of visibility is recommended with a hat and vest.

Question 1.

Of all a deer’s senses which one should be of most concern to the hunter?

A. None. A deer uses all senses equally.

B. Ears – Hearing

C. Nose – Smell

D. Eyes – Seeing

E. Feeling – Footsteps shaking the ground.

Question 2

A Buck has how many glands that secrete the bucks Identity?

A. 2 Urine and Interdigital Gland

B. 3 Interdigital, Preorbital, Tarsal

C. 4 Urine, Interdigital, Preorbital, Tarsal, Metatarsal

D. 5 Interdigital, Preorbital Tarsal, Metatarsal and Forehead

Question 3

How many glands are often used by a buck in making a scrape?

A. 1

B. 2

C. 3

D. 4

E. 5

F. 4 sometimes 5


Question 4

In general a buck rub that is made on a small 1/2 inch sapling on one side indicates that the buck is small because larger bucks need larger trees and often damage the sapling too? True or False

Question 5

A fresh buck rub on a 2 inch thick tree made near the top of a hill where the rub mark is on the downward side  and the upward side of the hill tells you what?

A. That the buck is marking his territory.

B. That the buck is bedded nearby.

C. Telling other bucks to beware!

D. Bedded at the bottom of the hill

E.  AB and C.

Question 6

Deer use open spaces like sandpits and fields at night for identifying each other by sight and smell and by track size and interdigital gland (between the hoof) scent. Which gland or sense is more out of place in the list below?

A. Smell

B. Interdigital

C. Preorbital

D. Track size

Question 7

If you are taking a stand to see deer, should you;

A. Stand at a crest near a tree to see in all directions

B. Stand in the hollow of a hill but on the deer trail to keep from being seen

C. Stand where there is at least 90 to 180 degrees of visibility but near a tree and the wind at your back.

D. Stand where there is at least 90 to 180 degrees of visibility near a tree and the wind in your face or quartering in your face.

Question 8

If you are hunting/stalking into the oncoming wind and you smell a strong musty odor, it is likely.

A. A deer metatarsal Gland

B. A Buck and its Tarsal Gland

C. A fresh Buck Scrape

D. B or C or E

E. A hunter with a scent canister

Question 9

It is Muzzleloader season and a legal deer steps out at 40 yards and you shoot but the cloud of belching smoke obscures your vision. To see the deer after the shot, you should:

A.  Look under the smoke cloud for movement.

B. Run to the side of the smoke

C. Wait till the smoke clears

D. Run towards the deer and put the smoke behind you

Question 10

If you are walking down a logging road to your deer stand in shotgun season for deer and the wind is at your back, you should.

A. Try an alternate route to where you are going.

B. Move quickly and quietly to your stand

C. Go home

D. Not expect a deer to approach from down wind.

E. A, B, and D

Question 11

Several hunters are hunting along an old logging road and a deer steps out onto the logging road, you should;

A. Shoot

B. Not Shoot

C. Be sure it is safe to shoot. Determine what is in front of, and behind your intended target before you shoot.

D. Shout to your friends that you are going to shoot

Question 12

You determine that you no longer are sure of the way out of the woods you should.

A. Look for moss on trees to tell which way is out

B. Stay calm and stay put, analyze your situation, pull your map and compass out then determine if you are still lost.

C. Walk 100 more yards in each direction

D. Panic and shout

Question 13

The first thing you should do when your deer is down and you determine it is dead. You should.

A. Fire your rifle three times

B. Call your buddies

C. Tag your deer

D. Gut your deer

Question 14

You oversleep. Hunting later at 10 am is a bad idea because all the deer are bedded. True or False.

Question 15

You are an older hunter and you have had serious life threatening medical issues you should.

A. Stop Hunting

B. Hunt with others that know your condition and can support you.

C. Have emergency communication, and medicines for emergencies

D. Know emergency contacts

E. Let others know where you are exactly.



Q1 C. Nose – Smell

Q2 D. 5 glands

Q3 F 4 sometimes 5    Note: the metatarsal gland is the least used gland. see http://www.buckmasters.com/deer-glands.aspx

Q4 True. Bigger trees that are rubbed usually mean bigger bucks and antlers

Q5 E. All above. Bucks often bed on a high ridge to smell the air thermals as they rise. This buck rubs the tree on the way into bed and as he heads down at night. This is a prime hunting area if you can get in while it is very dark. Stay off the deer trail and try to hunt it from the side, heed the wind direction for your setup. This is an older buck.

Q6 C. The preorbital gland is in the tissue surrounding the base of the eye socket. And I believe it is not used as readily as the tarsal and interdigital glands in fields and sandy areas were vision is important. I created this question knowing that you would research this more.

Q7 D. Stand where there is at least 90 to 180 degrees of visibility near a tree and the wind in your face or quartering.

Q8  D.) B, C or E.  In deep woods It is more likely that you are smelling a buck just in front of you. It may also be a hunter with a scent canister so beware.

Q9 A.) Look under smoke for movement

Q10 E.) AB and D Watch the wind remember “smell” is the deer’s best defense.

Q11 C. Safety First. Be sure it is safe to shoot. Determine what is in front of, and behind your intended target before you shoot.

Q12 B. Stay calm and stay put, analyze your situation.

Q13 C. Tag your deer

Q14 False The hunter who sleeps in can then hunt the mid day 10-2 pm when other hunters are out of the woods. Big bucks have been killed thinking that the hunters have left.

Q15 F.) BCDE Be prepared for all emergencies.


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I am an avid hunter with rifle and Bow and have been hunting for more than 50 years. I have taken big game such as whitetail deer, red deer, elk, Moose and African Plains game
such as Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Blesbok, and Impala and wrote an ebook entitled African Safari -Rifle and Bow and Arrow on how to prepare for a first safari. Ed is a serious cartridge reloader and ballistics student. He has earned two degrees in science and has written hundreds of outdoor article on hunting with both bow and rifle.