The Best Crock Pot Venison Recipe

The Best Crock Pot Venison Recipe

It is that time of the year where all of us outdoorsmen are stuck between hunting and fishing season.  The snow is flying, and we are trapped inside watching outdoor shows and dreaming about the woods.  This time of the year might go by slow, but you can break it up a little with the best crock pot venison recipe on the internet.   Now, I love getting deer sticks, jerky, and sausage made from the locker, but I love keeping my own backstraps to cook in the crock pot.  This venison recipe saves me money, time, and serves a lot of people!  Oh, and it tastes great!

Ingredients
  • Peanut oil (1/3 cup)
  • Dry garlic (2 teaspoons)
  • Ginger (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Brown sugar (1 cup)
  • Apple cider vinegar (5 tablespoons)
  • Ketchup (4 tablespoons)
  • Soy sauce (2/3 cup)
  • Water (1 cup)
The Venison

This recipe calls for 1 deer backstrap.  Prepare the venison backstrap by cutting it into bite size pieces.

 

The Grand Finale

Place all ingredients and venison back strap into a large crock pot and stir for 2 minutes.  For best results, let marinate over night.

Cook on low for 8 hours.

Note – I recommended serving with a cheesy white rice.

I hope you enjoy the best crock pot venison recipe on the internet!  This recipe is easy and allows you to watch more of your hunting shows during this slow time of year. 

While your letting your venison back strap slow cook, feel free to read some of my deer hunting articles by clicking the links below.

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January, 2020
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10 Tips for the Hunter Who Goes Hunting Alone

10 Tips for the Hunter Who Goes Hunting Alone

If you are like me and go hunting alone, you know what true freedom feels like.  I can move at my own pace and interpret the land around me, without distraction.  Hunting alone, there is nobody telling me to hurry up or slow down and nobody opposing my hunting plans.  Everything about my hunt is on my own terms.  If I fail, I have nobody to blame besides myself.  Do not get me wrong, I love hunting with other people, especially the people closest to me.  However, I learned more about hunting and myself when I am in the woods alone.  If you have considered hunting alone or hunt alone now, I encourage you to read my 10 Tips for the Hunter Who Goes Hunting Alone below and if you have anything you believe should be added to this article, simply contact me by visiting the About Page.

1. Spill Your Secrets

It is hard to give your secrets away, but you must let a trustworthy individual know where you will be hunting!  This can be your wife, grandma, or your favorite aunt!  Ensure that you give them critical information like the time you will be leaving and when you expect to be back.  Will you be in a tree stand?  Let them know details like this too.  What I like to do is send my fiancé a few screenshots from Google Maps of where I will be parking my truck and my intended destination.  The more information you give, the less likely concerned family members will be calling you.

I wrote a Hunting Quick Tip called The Most Important Thing to Do Before Hunting on this subject.  Feel free to give it a read!

2. Move Methodically

Moving methodically when hunting alone (and when hunting with other people in my opinion) is probably one of the most important tips in this article.  If you hurry, you increase your chances drastically of falling and injuring yourself.  Whether you are climbing into a tree stand or walking up a steep incline, you must take your time.  Being a few minutes late for shooting hours is better than rushing and falling out of your tree stand.

Another benefit of moving methodically is you start seeing things in nature that you normally would walk right by.  This includes tracks, scrapes, and new deer rubs you might have never seen walking with a hunting partner.

3. Avoid Wandering

Hunting alone is not the best time to wander off course.  Wandering leads to more wandering, which leads to being lost.  In isolated areas you will likely not have cell phone service and if you do not have a paper map or GPS in your pocket, you might find yourself in the dark, spinning in circles.

Wandering also diverts you from your original plan, the plan you sent into your trustworthy individual.  If you get hurt and are immobile, it will take first responders much more time to find you and treat your injuries.

4. Download a Voice Command App on Your Phone

In the unfortunate event that you are laying on the ground injured and without the use of your arms or hands, a voice command app might just save your life.  Voice command apps allows you to make calls without touching your phone. 

I own an Android phone and use the Bixby App.  If I am in an emergency, all I have to say is, “Hey Bixby, dial 911” and I will be connected to a dispatcher.  I encourage you to always store your phone in a pocket closest to your mouth and in your outermost layer of clothing.  I have several coats that have breast pockets that are about 7 inches from my mouth.  If I speak, my phone will be able to hear my commands.  A good time to test the placement of your phone and your voice command app is at home with all your hunting gear on.

5. Be Prepared to Camp

Adding a few extra pounds to your backpack is worth it, especially if you are hunting alone.  Anything can happen in the field that would require you to stay overnight or for several days.  Here are just a few of the items I place in my backpack before my hunt:

Are you a duck hunter who ventures out onto the water in cold weather?  Read this Hunting Quick Tip I wrote called One Item You Must Pack for Duck Hunting to keep you and your hunting partners safe on your next duck hunting adventure.

6. Pack Heat if Legal in Your State

I do a lot of bow hunting alone and trust me, I am no Robbin Hood!  I have come across some wild things in the woods including a camp where illegal drugs were being produced.  6-8 tents were erected telling me an abundance of people were staying in the camp.  At that time in my state, it was illegal to carry a concealed weapon and bow hunt at the same time.  This law has changed in the last year.  Luckily, nobody was around because all I had to defend myself was a bow and a knife! 

If you are legally able to do so, I would encourage you to carry a weapon large enough to take down the largest threats in your specific area.

7. Follow Your Gut Instinct

If something does not feel right, do not do it!

I learned this lesson a few years ago, hunting the last day of gun season.  I wanted a deer bad and started venturing back to the most secluded area I could find.  Moving through the woods, I came across a creek that was flowing hard from recent rains.  I found that ONE log stretched across it.  The log was huge and could easily support my weight.  However, the cold weather and rain made the log slick, and I knew this. 

Standing on the edge of the creek and putting my right foot on the log, my gut instinct told me to turn around and hunt somewhere else.  At this moment, a lot craziness started running through my mind.  I was thinking about hunting closer to my truck and likely not seeing any deer.  I even thought about those gymnasts who jump and flip on the balancing beam during the Olympics.  How the hell do they do that?  Their balancing beam is 4” wide and this log is about 14”!  I can do this!  As I started walking across the log and convincing myself this was a good idea, I immediately fell into the cold water.

Lesson Learned

As I stood in the garage that night cleaning my soaking wet gun, I realized how lucky I was.  I could have easily hit my head on a rock and been unconscious in freezing water.  My leg could have broken and with a wet cell phone, it would have been a long day watching the birds and fighting hypothermia.

Hunting is an adventure and you do have to take some risks, but do not take those risks when you are hunting alone.   

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8. Combat Curiosity

Hunting alone is a great opportunity to learn new things about the wilderness around you.  You will realize when you are alone and with no distractions how much more observant you are of everything around you.  Seeing more when hunting alone, you will come across objects and landmarks that spark your curiosity.  It is important in these moments to stop and weigh your options.  Ask yourself, is it beneficial to climb this large hill to investigate that small cave?  What would I gain from doing this when I am hunting deer?

Exploring the wilderness is exhilarating and I do it myself, but not by myself.  Lewis and Clark had a whole team and so should you.  And never forget that old saying, “Curiosity killed the cat”.

9. Be Fit

I honestly hate to put this as a tip to hunt alone.  It is cliché and everywhere we turn, someone is telling us that our lives would be so much better if we were just a little more fit or lighter!  With that, I do think hunting is the ultimate test for the human body and I believe many poor incidents are avoided when we are physically strong.  Better decisions are made when the body is less exhausted.  Bones are not as easily broken, and muscles are less likely to be pulled when we are strong.   

I have hunted with a beer belly and hunted being fit.  When I joined the military and turned my body around, I made it my mission to never be out of shape again.  I now enjoy hunting so much more and use that enjoyment as motivation to keep hitting the gym.

10. Defeat Distractions

If you want the ultimate experience hunting alone, it is important to cut out all distractions, including your cell phone! I would definitely bring your cell phone but keep it on silent and only use it to check in or for emergency purposes.  Checking social media sites or reading the news will only bring unnecessary stress to your hunt.

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The White Buffalo Outdoors Community 

For this article, I asked the White Buffalo Outdoors Community on Facebook and Instagram if they had any of their own tips when it comes to hunting alone.  Below are some of the tips sent in.  Feel free to contact me with your tips or post them below in the comments.

Laura Tirado – Bring toilet paper, knife, GPS, and a first aid kit.

Brandon Hudson – Safety harness when in a tree stand and always have phone for emergencies. 

Cliff Bohling – Always let people know where you are hunting.

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Hoss Thomas – Sit still and do not smoke or fart.  Just watch and listen.  You will see alot of game.

Jeffrey P. – Be observant and make stealth your number one priority.  Do not be loud and bring quiet snacks.

public_ducks_wi – Always let someone know where you are going when heading out alone.  Whether it is a duck blind or tree stand.

Bentley M. – Let people know where you are going and be safe and careful with every move.

Joe and Zoe – So hunting alone can be tough especially when it comes to getting lost or turned around.  We’ve all done it at some point!  Can get pretty scary!  The biggest trick I have up my sleeve for hunting alone is I always put my flashlight on the ground, pointed in the direction I have to walk out.  I hunt out of a climber 99.9% of the times, so things get turned around pretty quick.  I also hang a flashlight off a nearby branch in the event that I harvest a deer.  This helps me gat back to my tree in the dark.  

Warren Chetek – Keep 3 ways to make fire in your pocket (lighter, matches, striker and tinder) and a compass.  Fresh lithium batteries in everything.  Top quality headlamp too.  Pain killers and a hemostatic bandage in your kit.  Break your boots in properly.  Do not take stupid risks.  If it results in an impact or dunking don’t do it.  Learn how to gutless/debone your kill and use a pack that can move heavy poundage comfortably.  Use trekking poles.

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arizona_diy_hunts – Resist the urge to give up when you are not seeing a lot of game.  You will be lonely with nobody to encourage you.

md22228 – Be aware of your surroundings.  Observe landmarks before leaving your truck or camp.  These definitely depend on the terrain and weather conditions. Do not give up. What you are after is just over the hill.

Dustin Gilbert – Always look at the weather forecast before heading out.  Weather can always get worse.  Always carry fire, water, and shelter.  Slow down, think about your next move and take the time to assess risks before doing something stupid.  It’s easy to die alone when nobody is around.

Katelyn Johnson – Make sure at least one person knows the general area of where you are hunting.

Daniel Lillard – Make sure you have everything you need.  Don’t forget your knife, drag rope, and pen to fill out your tag.  

Brandon Fowler – Always tell someone where you will be and the time you should be back.  If you don’t make it back, they know where to start looking.  Also, carry something like a whistle so people can hear you from a distance.  Have a way to start fire, have shelter and clean water.  Something like a purification tablet.  Know the area you want to hunt and land marks so you can get out in a pinch.  Maybe even have a satellite phone in your truck or camp so you can call for help if you need it.  Have common sense.  If you have to ask yourself if you should do something, the answer is probably no. 

Bill Woods – Make sure you put bright eyes on both sides of the tree…to and from.

Justin J. Lind

January, 2020
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Review of the Quake Claw Sling for Rifle and Shotgun

Review of the Quake Claw Sling

Are you looking at buying a new sling for your next hunting adventure and have considered The Claw Sling by Quake?  Look not further!  My review of The Claw Sling is an honest one that I personally tested in rough terrain.

Hunting for 25 years and serving in the military for 6, I have spent a great deal of time walking through rugged terrain with a sling on my shoulder.  Many of the slings that I owned or were issued to me by the military all had the same issue – they cannot hold up to the elements and they slide all over my shoulder.  When I have a sling that slides on my shoulder, it forces me to hold onto the stock of the gun to balance it.  Doing this can be dangerous when you are walking in secluded and rugged terrain.  Using a hand to balance your gun and not yourself increases the chances for more falls and injuries.  Using an uncomfortable sling that slides also forces you to become frustrated and carry the gun with 2 hands, further increasing the chances of not catching yourself if you fall.   

Back in October of 2019 I purchased a new muzzle loader for the Iowa deer season.  Being frustrated with slings my entire life, I spent a few extra dollars (literally) and purchased The Claw by Quake Industries.  The packaging listed the following features:

  • Grips to any clothing
  • Won’t Absorb moisture or odor
  • Excellent performance in any weather
  • Equipped with quick disconnect and metal swivels
  • Stays flexible – Won’t crack, shrink, or fade
  • Assorted colors and styles – for rifles shotguns, crossbows, tactical guns, and tree stands
My Personal Experience and Testing of The Claw Sling

Unpacking and attaching the sling to my muzzle loader took under two minutes.  The metal swivels, nylon strap, and the rubber pad looked and felt high quality.

The area I muzzle loader hunt is far from flat. There are hills, unstable ledges, and thick understories that require me to get on my hands and knees just to get to my hunting spot.  The Claw Sling held up to these conditions and I was surprised that I was able to use both hands to carry my blind, chair, and bipod.  The sling did not slip or pull off my shoulder when a tree branch grabbed or brushed against my muzzle loader barrel. 

Walking was a breeze with The Claw Sling, so I tested it when I exited the woods.  I found an asphalt road and ran about 50 yards and the sling did not slip or fall off my shoulder.  After my little run all I could think was, “Wish I had this when I was in the military”!    

Another feature I liked on The Claw Sling was the width of the rubber pad.  The sling was comfortable to wear and did not dig into my shoulder.  I also liked that the pad was rubber.  If you get your sling wet and place in a gun case with the wet sling attached, you will have a rusty gun the next time you use it. 

Overall, I highly recommend The Claw Sling.  To learn about my review of The Claw Sling do not hesitate to contact me at anytime.    

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White Buffalo Outdoors Ranked Top 40 Hunting Websites by Feedspot

One of the highlights of 2019 season was White Buffalo Outdoors being selected as one of the top 40 hunting websites by Feedspot.  Feedspot curates and ranks websites, blogs, Youtube channels, and many other outlets into thousands of niche industries.  To view Feedspot’s top 40 hunting websites of 2019, click the link below.

Top 40 Hunting Blogs & Websites Every Hunter Must Follow in 2019

When I first considered building an outdoor website, I did a little research and came across Feedspot’s top 40 list.  Scanning through all 40 websites, I became very intimidated.  With no website building and design experience, I had no idea where to start.  However, I was determined to be on this list and made it a point to knock down all barriers that stood in my way.  After months of researching and building 4 different practice websites, I finally had it figured out.  I was finally able to create content and go forward to accomplish this goal.

White Buffalo Outdoors is a community based website and because of this, I receive a lot of information from outdoorsmen from around the world.  Their experiences and knowledge have taught me a lot about the outdoors and have given me the tools to write more effective articles.  Without the communities support, my website would not be what it is today.       

I would like to thank my family, friends, and the thousands of people who follow White Buffalo Outdoors.  Without your daily support, my website would not have transformed into what it is today.  Lastly, thank you to Feedspot for taking the time to analyze White Buffalo Outdoors.  Your recommendation is greatly appreciated and respected!

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December, 2019
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DIY Deer Hunting Scent Wicks

DIY Deer Hunting Scent Wicks

If you want to save money when it comes to deer hunting scent wicks, it is time to raid your bathroom and venture into those cabinet doors you have never thought of opening.  Your mission?  To find cotton balls and unscented tampons so you can DIY deer hunting scent wicks! 

Cotton Balls 

Cotton balls sell in packs of 200 for $1.89.  Cheap hunting wicks sell at packs of 4 for $3.00. 

Cotton balls are great alternatives to standard deer hunting scent wicks because they easily snag on branches and can be used to apply deer urine to the bottom of your boots. 

Note – Remove cotton balls out of trees after each hunt and either reuse by placing in a Ziploc bag or dispose of properly.  Songbirds can get their feet tangled in the cotton balls.

Tampons

With a quick Google search, I found a box of 50 scent free tampons for $8.84.  The benefits of using tampons is not only the price, but their convenient strings that you can tie to tree branches and their great absorption of your favorite deer urine.  When you are done hunting for the day, simply untie the tampons from the trees and place in a Ziploc bag for your next hunt. 

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Iowa Deer Hunting

Iowa’s Tree Stand Update

If you are a busy Iowa deer hunter this is the perfect page for you!  We live in a fast pace world and do not always have time to scout deer.  On this page, I will report weekly deer patterns, buck behavior, and upcoming weather in hopes the information assists you in planning your next hunt.  I will update this page every Sunday until deer hunting season is over.  

Feel free to comment below on what you are seeing out in the woods!  Let’s come together as fellow Iowans so we all have a successful deer hunting season!

October 20-27

The woods were more active this week here in eastern Iowa.  However, much of it was caused by an increase of small bucks moving briskly through the woods chasing other bucks and does.

I went bow hunting twice this week on public land.  Like last week, I hunted wooded areas with large oak trees and thick understories.  The leaves are still holding making visibility limited.

I crossed paths with several small bucks that were moving with purpose and chasing does.  I saw a drastic decrease in doe movement and noticed they were not grouped up like last week. 

Like last week, I did not see any deer until 9:00 a.m.  This is when the sun starts shining horizontally through the wooded areas and hitting the forest floor.  At 9:45 a.m. I did have a decent 8 pointer walk 35 yards from my stand.  He had a large body and had the attributes of a very mature deer, minus his antlers.  This deer seemed old and on the decline with his health.  I did rattle lightly at 10:00 a.m. and had 2 small bucks come in within 15 minutes.

When walking to my stands, I came across several deer scrapes and rubs.  These scrapes and rubs were fresh and appeared to be a few days old.  We counted 7 scrapes and 3 rubs within 40 yards of our stand.

I called several hunters in my local area and they are seeing a lot of small bucks, fresh rubs, and scrapes.  We are however seeing a lot of large deer at night when traveling back home from hunting. 

Next week, I plan to be more aggressive with rattling.  Tensions are no doubt picking up in the woods.  I expect the dominate deer to start showing who the bosses are, whether it is at night or during the day! 

I wish you luck hunting this coming week.  Do not forget to like White Buffalo Outdoors on Facebook and Instagram!

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Justin J. Lind

October 26, 2019
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October 13-20

This week I bow hunted public land in eastern Iowa.  I went 3 times this week, 2 times in the morning and once in the evening.  I hunted wooded areas with large oak trees and thick understories.  With the trees and understories still holding leaves, visibility past 30 yards was difficult.

I observed A LOT of deer this week, about 30 in all.  However, I did not see many deer until the sun shined horizontally through the trees, usually around 9:00 a.m.  Both morning hunts I saw the majority of the deer around 10:00 a.m.  During my evening hunt I did not see any deer, but the wind was blowing out of the east at 25 mph!

Small bucks were starting to move this week.  I witnessed several 4 and 6 pointers trotting on main trails with their noses to the ground and tails up.  2 mid-level bucks moved through my shooting lanes feeding on foliage.  Both of these bucks moved through my area at 9:00 a.m. 

Winds were strong this week with the ground still saturated from past rains.  With a lot of leaves holding onto the trees and a saturated forest floor, the deer are able to move through the woods silently and without being seen.

I expect similar circumstances for this coming week.  Eastern Iowa is forecasted for several days of rain and wind like we had this week.  Also, forecasted temperatures do not show any major changes. 

Stay tuned for next week’s update!

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October 20, 2019
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Deer Rub Before Rut

5 Tips to Prepare for the Deer Rut

The greatest week of the year is near, and it is called the rut!  Why is the rut not a national holiday?  I have no idea, but it reminds me of Christmas.  It brings me joy and there is a potential for a lot of food.  The upcoming rut is like staring at a Christmas tree with a pile of presents surrounding it.  I wonder what is in those fancy wrapped presents much like I wonder what deer are about to show themselves during the rut.  Anyways, let us go through these 5 tips to prepare you for the deer rut!

5. Watch the Weather

When preparing for the rut, the first thing I do is look at the extended 10-day forecast.  You will have the internet telling you to study moon phases, barometric pressure, and what kind of clouds are in the sky.  In my experience, examining basic information is much more beneficial and will help you plan more comfortable and productive hunts. 

What I typically look at is sudden drops in temperatures and wind.  Drops in temperature get does moving/feeding and strong winds keep does bedded down.  The more does that are moving, the more bucks are going to move. 

I stray from hunting in extreme weather like storms.  Deer typically bed down in storms and so should you.  Hunting in storms creates a dangerous environment for you as a hunter, especially if you are hunting out of a tree stand.

I use Weather Underground to gather my weather information.  Type in your location and click the 10-Day tab.

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4. Study Your Maps

I hunt and study a lot of public land and I always live by this 1 rule when preparing for the rut – find the path of least resistant.

When a buck is on the move to find his next mate, he is going to walk/run a path where he can move fast and without resistance.  The same goes for a doe being chased by a buck.  Find an area that has a lot of thick cover but has a distinct path that deer can easily move through.  Setup 20 yards off the path and prepare yourself for a show!

3. Spy on the Farmers

Not literally but take a drive and see if the corn and beans are being harvested near your hunting area.  An individual deer has a habitat range of 1 square mile which is the area you need to view from a distance.  If sections within that square mile have corn or beans still standing, expect the deer to move that direction and plan your hunt accordingly.  If I see a farmer out checking his mail, I will stop and say hi.  Most farmers are glad to talk with you and give you information about the time they expect to harvest.  Try to continually build relationships with your local farmers.  This ongoing relationship will no doubt pay off for you in the future.

2. Buy Doe Urine

Doe urine is a great tool for the rut and for obvious reasons.  However, I not only attract the bucks with doe urine, but I use it to cover my own scent.  To attract the bucks, I will spray doe urine around my tree stand, usually 15 to 20 yards away from the base of my tree.  When I climb to the top of my tree stand, I typically spray a few limbs downwind to cover my own scent.

1. Get Scent Free

I always try not to complicate deer hunting, but I feel it is crucial to be scent free.  I have bow hunted for over 10 years and gun hunted for 22.  Almost every time I am not scent free, deer bust me. 

A few weeks before the rut, wash your clothes with scent free soap and let your clothes air dry.  After air drying, spray your hunting clothes with scent free spray and place in a sealed tote.

If you travel by truck or boat to your hunting spot, where different clothes and bring the tote with you.  Once you turn your truck or boat off, put on your hunting clothes and spray yourself again with scent free spray. 

I wish you all the best of luck during the 2019 rut and hope you enjoyed this article 5 Tips to Prepare You for the Deer Rut.  Feel free to send me a picture of your trophy!  I will gladly post the photo in the White Buffalo Outdoors Trophy Room and all social media platforms.

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October 24, 2019
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Iowa Deer in Rut

1 Deer Fact That Might Surprise You

With skinny legs, small hooves, and large upper bodies, we expect deer to be terrible at swimming across large rivers and lakes.  Opening Facebook to check the White Buffalo Outdoors Facebook Page, I see more and more videos in my news feed of boaters rescuing deer from the water.  When the boat approaches, the deer appears frightened and starts swimming frantically in circles.  To save the animal from the water, the boaters act fast, grabbing the deer by the antlers and dragging it back to shore.  But, does the deer need to be saved?

Likely not. 

The home range of a single deer is usually 650 acres.  Within this home range, many lakes and rivers get in the way, especially when a deer is escaping predators.  Over thousands of years, deer have adapted to become great swimmers.  What makes deer powerful swimmers?

Their hair.

Yes, their hair!  Each individual hair on a deer is hollow, making them incredibly buoyant when swimming.  Not only does the hollow hair make deer buoyant, it keeps them warm.  Body heat released from the deer gets trapped in their hair, keeping them warm on cool nights or after a cold swim!

Next time you see a deer swimming across a lake or river, know that it is likely trying to escape a threat.  Attempting to save a swimming deer and bringing it back to its original location will likely put the deer right back in danger.

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