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Deer getting use to people ?

A lot of the area we hunt is in or around a park. We have to be careful,once it gets dark,driving around to the store or where ever. They wonder around like cows. But,come daylight they are gone.Go for a half a mile in the same area and never see one deer in the woods. Never kick one up. I think that they are so use to people they just lay there and let you wonder past them ? We had at lest 4 nice bucks let the walkers go past them and then get up and run behind them !These were close enough to the guys to scare them when they busted out ! They were bedded in little dents in the woods or small bush patches. It wood not happened if we would have had a little snow. With the antler thing we don't take jump shots any more.
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Re: Deer getting use to people ?

Some deer let you walk right by and some deer sneak out of their bed before you even know they are there.

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Re: Deer getting use to people ?

I think they have always been that way. Once they start feeling a little pressure they become a lot like a rabbit. They usually hang tight until the last second and then when finally jumped....they head for the back door. I have been seeing this behavior since the mid 80's. It's just what they do.

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I think they have always been that way. Once they start feeling a little pressure they become a lot like a rabbit. They usually hang tight until the last second and then when finally jumped....they head for the back door. I have been seeing this behavior since the mid 80's. It's just what they do.
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It's also worth noting that a pressured big buck will more often than not lay still and not even get up unless you're about to step on him. That little 8x8' chunk of golden rod you can 'see right through' should be be walked right through! More than once I've put deer out of tiny bits of cover I can see right through! That lone little patch of laurel....same thing. That blown down tree-top...you get the idea. It's amazing how well they blend in.

You really under estimated the ramifications of the boondoggle you have just perpetrated!
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Re: Deer getting use to people ?

Deer have been adjusting to people since before we all were born. Its the old story where the deer are before the hunt and where they are on opening day.
Its as important to know where the hunters are as where the deer are.

I once was sitting in a patch of woods between apartments on one side and houses on the other. Three deer were moving through the wooded area. They knew the area was safe even though a maintenance worker at the apartment complex, was using a noisy leaf blower, less than 50 yards away.
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Deer have been patterning us forever.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 12:52 PM
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Re: Deer getting use to people ?

Where I hunt, there are a couple homes in the general area. At one home, the occupant has a routine that involves some fairly noisy activities out of doors, twice per day. Once in the morning, and once in the evening. I won't go into detail, but suffice it to say, if you came along to hunt with me and heard this racket, you'd think, "well, that's that, our hunt's over."

The deer who live in the area who hear this commotion start up will pop up their heads to listen, and once they are sure of what it is, will just go about whatever they were doing when the ruckus began.

In rifle season, when we get "imports" from surrounding areas, those deer light the afterburners when the racket begins, but the "residents" just keep on about their business. It's pretty comical to watch, actually.

But....drop a pin in a manner that isn't consistent with the racket they hear day in and day out, and I've seen them hit top speed instantly.

They know us at least as well as we know them.

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Now you got my curiosity goin.What the heck does this guy do twice a day?
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