New spot / Deer snorting
I was out the other day hunting a new area. I walked in and as soon as I got into the forest I immediately heard something huge running off in the distance. I hiked up a little hill and heard something moving, I shined the light on it and sure enough it was a deer (possibly the same one from when I entered) running off.
Not sure if this was the right thing to do or not, but I figured they pass through here, I still have about a little less then an hour until sunlight, and the wind has been in my face this whole time so why not, and I posted up right there ( I hunt from the ground by the way). I got in some cover between a few trees, sat down and waited about 15-30 mins when a little fawn came into sight.
I sat very still and within seconds it was joined by another, and another. Little by little they started moving in closer to me. My bag was about 10 yards in front of me, I set it under a fallen tree and some branches because its not camo, and for some reason the deer kept circling around me and working there way in toward the bag. When they got within 2-3 feet(of the bag), they started snorting like crazy (more of a loud sudden exhale). From what I read that means they sensed me, once or twice they even stomped there front foot at me, however they didn't seem too bothered or scared. Maybe they couldn't see me clearly, but they kept staring in my direction from time to time. When they were behind me the exhaling picked up alot, it almost even felt like they were over my shoulder (might have been, didn't move an inch so couldn't tell you).
So from this story I have a question, does the snorting mean they could see me? Does it maybe just mean they sensed something in the area was up? Or could it have been the result of what I'm about to say next:
So after a few minutes of torture (couldn't move an inch because there were deer at every angle) I hear something moving in toward us fast. It started barking, and I initially thought it was a coyote. It stopped about 10 yards out, with a deer about 5-6 yards on each side of it. He was staring right at me and yelping his little head off. Not going to lie, it scared the life out of me, and must have startled the deer at least a little bit because they started making there way off. When none of them (so I thought at the time anyway) could see me anymore I unbuttoned my knife. Didn't startle the fox, in fact he came bolting in toward me. I went to stand up a little bit (minimal movement) and he halted to a stop, looked for a second and bolted off in the same direction the deer went.
Asides from all that I had a pretty exhilarating day. During lunch I did a little scouting / still hunting instead of leaving for a few hours, and found alot of interesting things. A motorcycle half buried in a stream, I lifted a rock and about 5 baby snakes went scattering, that little fox and (unless he's the fastest thing on earth) a buddy of his circling me everywhere I went making appearances here and there, some tadpoles etc.. Also, the amount of sign I found was crazy. Tons of old rubs, scrapes, tracks almost everywhere the dirt was soft. There was droppings every 10-15 yards. This place really was excellent.
So with that story I have a few things I'd like to hear opinions on.
1- Should I have stood put (assuming so since all the does came back)
2- Should I not have gotten up for lunch since there was so much in the area
3- Would a fox have bit me? He sure seemed like he wanted too lol
4- There was a spot about 40 yards away from where I was originally sitting when all the deer came, with ridiculous amounts of sign. Even what looked like a fresh rub ( I know they usually don't around this time of year, but the tree was scraped up fresh, you could see red lining up and down it). Should I go back to there next time, or stay where I found them in the first place?
5- The question that was kind of the point of this post, when a deer exhales suddenly like that, what exactly does it mean? He knew something was up? Actually saw me but wasn't sure?
Also don't know if this changes anything, and I find it weird, but I feel like I should note the deer were coming from the direction I walked in from.