The whitetail deer bed in a manner that they are able to use all their senses to the maximum potentials. While bedding, they nod off for a couple of minutes, then open their eyes and scan the surrounding area. Once the buck is sure the coast is clear, it nods back to sleep.
While the deer is sleeping, it lays down, typically with its leg folded upwards next to it, sets its head erect to enable it smell, as well as hear as much as possible. During the rut hunting season, bucks usually bed with their head straight, all because they are visibly tired from chasing doe.
The whitetail deer continues this sleeping cycle for 30 minutes to 45 minutes, after which they get up to take a look at their bedding area, ensuring there’s no threat of predators in the area, defecate and urinate. After this, they bed and start the same cycle all over again.