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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-26-2017, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hunters in the woods

I'm an archery hunter first, but my camp rifle hunts as well. I'm having a hard time understanding the hunters not being in the woods moving the deer. My group of guys usually goes 50% on bucks during archery season without guys walking all over the place and pushing them. How come the rifle side of hunters complain about not enough hunters pushing deer? Wouldn't ya really want the deer not crazy pressured? By the way you really don't need a whole lotta pressure to move deer, one or two guys can really disrupt a 100 acre area.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-26-2017, 10:28 PM
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Yes one or two guys can disrupt the deer in 100 acres but won't do much in 1000 acres and sure can't push them to the standers.
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Around here there's just enough hunters to let deer know something's up, but not enough to get them moving.

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In archery season, I don't want hunters in the woods. The more natural the deer movement the better. Deer don't get spooked by a bow going off though.

Once rifle season rolls around and the guns start banging, the deer get spooked and hole up tight all day. In rifle season I do want hunters in the woods to move deer. If you're on a small piece of property and the deer aren't moving, there can be 1,000 of them right across the line and it doesn't do you any good if someone doesn't boot them up and get them going.
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Different styles/methods of hunting, that's all. When I'm archery hunting, I try to key in on natural deer movement. In rifle season, (when there are generally more guys in the woods), I prefer to hunt escape route or places the deer go to when they are pressured. If nobody is pressuring them, I see less that day.

It can also be a matter of skill level or physical restrictions. Some guys really aren't very knowledgeable, so they have no idea on finding deer on their own or maybe cant travel very far. They simply walk in and sit down, and hope somebody moves something their way.

Lots of guys like to drive hunt also. Not gonna be a very successful drive if theres no deer moving.

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Well you hear that from older hunters that remember the days of herds of deer! The days when the majority of hunters hunted rifle. There where way more deer and way more hunters. Deer were constantly being bumped by hunters all day long. You could see deer any where at anytime. Just not the case anymore! I remember those days as a kid, it was exciting to be in the woods and hearing all that shooting. Today you don't even know it's rifle season. Quiet!
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Unless there are big, organized drives, "getting the deer moving" means pushing them deep into the laurel where they will hole up until dark.

and rifle shots don't spook deer, necessarily. We have a shooting bench in the same field where we plant our food plot. I have had deer enter the field and feed as we were banging away. They wouldn't even look up at the crack of a 30-06. If you shoot a rifle at a sneaking deer that is close to you, sure. But a distant shot probably won't do much. I've also had deer feeding in a field where me and other hunters were dove hunting.
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Well you hear that from older hunters that remember the days of herds of deer! The days when the majority of hunters hunted rifle. There where way more deer and way more hunters. Deer were constantly being bumped by hunters all day long. You could see deer any where at anytime. Just not the case anymore! I remember those days as a kid, it was exciting to be in the woods and hearing all that shooting. Today you don't even know it's rifle season. Quiet!
That's how it used to be. But those days are gone.

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That's how it used to be. But those days are gone.
I'm glad they're gone! No more herds of 30 doe's and 1 spike
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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-27-2017, 07:56 PM
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Agreed, the herd was out of whack then. But it is much quieter out there now than it was in those days.

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