Are you wondering where deer sleep?
We all know that we can find them during the day in a wide variety of places, but few people know about their nighttime behavior.
Most of us might think that deer like to go up into the hills and mountains to get away from it all and enjoy their beauty by themselves.
This isn’t usually the case, especially for white-tailed deer in North America.
Let’s start by talking about where deer do get away from it all and get some peace and quiet.
Where Deer Sleep
Deers are creatures of habit, so if they find a secluded place that offers water, food, cover, and maybe even some peace and quiet, they will return to that source of food and shelter on a regular basis.
A deer’s bed or day bed is also called its “form.”
It is usually made by the deer tucking in its feet and legs close to the body so it can’t be seen easily.
Its head might remain raised, ears pricked, and eyes wide open, but its rear will be touching the ground.
The deer’s tail is often down, but sometimes it’s up or to the side for insects that might land upon it.
A deer can make a bed anywhere: in a clearing; under trees; at the edge of a forest; along streams and rivers; in a field, meadow, or cow pasture; behind a thicket of undergrowth; and in bushes.
Deer usually make their beds while they are resting during the daytime hours.
They can remain in that spot for several hours or move on to another one after just 20 minutes!
Sometimes deer will sleep in the same location for weeks or even months.
That means that if they bed down in your backyard, you’ll be able to enjoy watching them.
At night when it’s dark, the deer are usually back up on their feet with their senses on high alert.
They will leave their beds and go off in search of food or water–or maybe to find shelter as well.
When deer do this, they become nocturnal animals.
This means that instead of relying on their sense of smell and hearing to avoid danger, they rely on their eyesight during dusk and nighttime hours.
During the daytime hours when there is more light, they return to being diurnal creatures (daytime ones).
They rely more on their sense of smell and hearing to stay out of danger.
So the next time you see a deer bedding down in your backyard (highly unlikely), no matter what time it is, don’t be surprised if it’s up later that night with its ears all aquiver!
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