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#3033263 - 11/14/12 02:47 PM How Good is a Deer's Hearing?
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We all know deer have an awesome nose, but is there ability to hear as strong?
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#3033327 - 11/14/12 03:40 PM Re: How Good is a Deer's Hearing? [Re: UTGrad]
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Oh yeah. Those big 'ol ears aren't just for looks.
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#3033331 - 11/14/12 03:42 PM Re: How Good is a Deer's Hearing? [Re: UTGrad]
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They can hear about as well, maybe slightly better, as humans. The difference is their ears can rotate and pinpoint exactly where the noise came from.
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#3033333 - 11/14/12 03:43 PM Re: How Good is a Deer's Hearing? [Re: BigD_625]
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Good enough to hear the flatulations that you so often talk about
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#3033371 - 11/14/12 04:38 PM Re: How Good is a Deer's Hearing? [Re: TRIGGER]
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 Originally Posted By: TRIGGER
Good enough to hear the flatulations that you so often talk about


LOL

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#3033399 - 11/14/12 04:58 PM Re: How Good is a Deer's Hearing? [Re: Tomahawk]
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 Originally Posted By: Tomahawk
They can hear about as well, maybe slightly better, as humans. The difference is their ears can rotate and pinpoint exactly where the noise came from.


Well said. Their hearing is only slightly better than ours, but with those directional ears, they have an amazing ability to pinpoint where a sound is coming from. They are also far more attuned to what they are hearing. We humans tend to block most noises out mentally, even though we are actually hearing them. We tend to igore all sounds other than the ones we believe are important.
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#3033795 - 11/14/12 10:52 PM Re: How Good is a Deer's Hearing? [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: Tomahawk
They can hear about as well, maybe slightly better, as humans. The difference is their ears can rotate and pinpoint exactly where the noise came from.


Well said. Their hearing is only slightly better than ours, but with those directional ears, they have an amazing ability to pinpoint where a sound is coming from. They are also far more attuned to what they are hearing. We humans tend to block most noises out mentally, even though we are actually hearing them. We tend to igore all sounds other than the ones we believe are important.


Thank you

I figured deer's hearing was not super strong like their sense of smell. I've made some noise while watching deer and didn't seem to bother them too much.

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#3033806 - 11/14/12 11:05 PM Re: How Good is a Deer's Hearing? [Re: UTGrad]
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I have heard that it's better then a dogs hearing i don't know how much better but better. And dogs hearing is better then ours so i don't agree with the statement above. I think they do not trust their hearing as much as their nose.
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#3033953 - 11/15/12 06:55 AM Re: How Good is a Deer's Hearing? [Re: deerhunter10]
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In audio recording we have a rule called the signal-to-noise ratio. The audio source must first be louder than any noise produced by the audio equipment (buzz, hum, hiss, etc) and environmental noise (HVAC, lighting noise, cars driving by, a musician breathing heavily, etc).

While deer have slightly better and more directional hearing, they are still subject to environmental noise (the wind blowing, jets overhead, squirrels rustling leaves, etc.). It is important to keep YOUR noise, as much as possible, below that of the environment.

Additionally, the frequency ranges of the noise is important. If the wind is rustling leaves creating noise at 70db from 1kHz to 8kHz, and you cough at a lower 60db with a frequency range from 100Hz to 5kHz, there is nothing to "mask" your noise in the lower frequencies and you are more likely to be busted.

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#3033987 - 11/15/12 07:23 AM Re: How Good is a Deer's Hearing? [Re: BluegrassDan]
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FWIW, I have seen A LOT of deer notice/react to subtle noises that I know 99% of humans could not hear. Just last Saturday evening I was on stand about 20 yards off the edge of a cut bean field and a mature doe and her fawns were at about 100-120 yards out in the field feeding, and had been for the last 30 minutes. At about 5:05, I heard something, very subtle, that kind of sounded like a deer, but more like a coon, opossum or armadillo ever so slightly moving right below my tree in the thick stuff. It may have even been a bird, as I never deciphered just exactly what it was. As soon as I heard the noise (10 yards from base of my tree) the mature doe zeroed in on that sound (looking dead in my direction) and she remained in tune to it until light faded and I lost sight of her. I was taken back by her ability to first hear such a subtle rustle in the leaves at 100-120 yards, and second to pin point it, and third, to never loose focus of where it was coming from. She stared relentlessly in my direction for 10 minutes just waiting on the source of the sound to step out in the field, but to my knowledge, it never did. I still do not know what the source was, but I know that mature doe had it pegged to the tee. I was impressed with the whole ordeal. It was obvious this wasn't her first rodeo.
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