Why Whitetail Deer Have Chin Whiskers

By | August 11, 2020

Chin whiskers tell deer precisely how far their lips are from the ground when they feed. I also read that they may determine air movement.

Doe Chin Whiskers
Doe Chin Whiskers

How I Got The Photo – Why Whitetail Deer Have Chin Whiskers

This Whitetail Doe was near the road and I pulled up close to her to get this photo. I had my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
  • Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date Taken: August 13, 2009
  • Aperture Priority
  • Aperture: f5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/250 sec. (as determined by the camera)
  • ISO: 800
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
  • Back-button Focus
  • Single Point Focus
  • Focal Length: 500 mm
  • Processed With Luminar 4

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