How Fast Can a Deer Run (The Answer Will Amaze You)

When it comes to hunting a deer, it’s very important to know how to use a gun or how to disguise. However, have you ever thought about the deer? If you have, then you may already wonder the question:” How fast can a deer run ” right? That’s my point, you not only need to have hunting skills but also need to have a certain knowledge of what you’re hunting.

How fast can a deer run

In general, a deer can run 28.4 miles per hour and that is very fast compared to most other animals in the world. Now, let’s talk about the most common deer species in the U.S., the whitetail deer. Actually, studies have shown that a whitetail deer can run up to about 30 miles an hour. Actually, I have seen a whitetail deer sprinting as fast as 35 miles per hour but he couldn’t maintain that speed for a long period of time. They are also fast swimmers and leapers.

If you don’t know, the whitetail deer is the most abundant deer in the US and you can’t find them in some places such as Nevada, California, Utah, Hawaii, and Alaska. Honestly, speed is of the essence for these animals, this is because they are born to outrun large predators. For examples, coyotes, wolves, and mountain lions are the most common predators of this species and they rely on agility and speed to survive.

In addition, this species was able to jump 7-foot from a standing position. And the deer can jump up to 10 feet when he was running. Besides, the deer can bound very well since they can cover as much as 30 feet in only 1 single leap.

How long does it take you to outrun a deer

Now, you’ve just had the answer for the question: “How fast can a deer run?” Now, let’s move onto how you can outrun it. In fact, under the right circumstances, for example, the deer are running in a big group, you have a chance of outrunning a deer in about 3 or 4 hours.

But that is only possible if you are able to maintain a speed of at least 7 miles per hour. Maybe it takes you less than 3 or 4 hours if you catch an old one. In short, there is no definite numbers. However, I believe these vague numbers may give you an idea of what it takes to outrun a deer so that you will know what you have to do.

How long does it take you to outrun a deer

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What do you need to hunt deer

As mentioned above, deer can run really fast and it can take you a few hours to outrun them. But that only happens if you don’t know how to approach the deer. I mean if they hear you as you can’t keep quiet enough, you will definitely scare them and they will run as fast as they can. Let’s face it! You don’t want to waste 3 or 4 hours just to chase a deer, right?

That’s the reason why you should focus on what you need to do before you hunt rather than and here are some tips for you:

Shower with a scent-free soap before you head to the jungle to hunt deer.

Remember that human odor can spook deer so try not to contaminate your hunting gears including clothes on the way to the field. Instead, keep your clothes sealed in a plastic bag or container with dirt, leaves, and other ground debris around your stand until you arrive at the hunting area. This will help your hunting gears take on the natural scents which permeate the hunting area.

Shower with a scent-free soap before you head to the jungle to hunt deer

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Maximize the concealment

If some concealment is good, then choose the maximum one. Remember that tree stand blinds can help you to fool the wary eye of a whitetail deer. These blinds can give you the additional benefit of shelter from harsh winds as well.

Stop at the noise

I always use this saying to remind myself of the terrific senses of an animal. Remember that the sound of a broken branch can be quickly forgotten by human beings but it is probably long remembered by the deer. If there is any unusually loud noise, especially from you, then just stop and stand there as long as possible once your suspect animal is close by. In that situation, a deer is likely to stand and stare in your direction for a long time. If it can’t smell or see you, it may get back to feeding or whatever it was doing before being disturbed.

Step quickly

Deer are likely to be alerted to human cadence when we usually make noise because of walking through leaves. This may sound weird to you but take really quick steps in a short sprint for about 15 yards or more. Then stop, and repeat it. Don’t forget to keep your footfalls as light as you can.

I’m pretty sure that you will be very surprised at how much your steps sound like those of a squirrel that is scrambling through the leaves. This way, you will effectively reduce the chance of alert the deer.

Step quickly

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Final thoughts

Alright, you’ve got the answer to the question “How fast can deer run?”. And yes, a deer can run really fast, and it does take you even 4 hours to chase one. You know what? It doesn’t matter how fast they can run, instead, it matters how you do to hunt them effectively.