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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Wexford, Pennsylvania 15090
I've been hunting in a Suburban deer management program since 2008. I had one tight property where I was about 20 yards inside a tree line and 40 to 50 yards away from the landowners house (yes I had permission to be that close.) Other properties bordered that weren't friendly to the program. I didn't like it at all. Prevailing wind direction blowing toward where the deer would come from, terrain issues and thickness of the woodlot led to my eventual abandoning of that spot, as it frankly didn't end up being productive. I had to explain to the property owner why I only hunted there a couple of times a year (with an easterly wind) and they understood but weren't particularly happy. In the winter you'd see so many deer beds it was ridiculous.
I was also assigned a hunting a borough owned property and an adjacent private property across the road. When I'd shoot a deer on the private property, I'd knock on the owner's door and let him know that I'd shot one, and that if he or anyone there would be uncomfortable seeing me drag and load a dead deer on my truck, that they might want to lay low for a bit. He was appreciative of my efforts and we got along great. Unfortunately, he died and that property changed hands and I'm no longer able to hunt it.
So now I hunt strictly on the borough owned property. I can see two houses from my stands and they're about 110 to 130 yards away. I've shot quite a few deer there and thankfully none have died in anybody's yard. Most of the time the hit deer head towards thick stuff and it's not a problem. I'd hate to hunt much closer to the houses. I keep my shots short and pay attention to the mood of the deer and shot angles and will not shoot a walking deer unless its within a few yards. I still try and make a bleat call and make the deer stop. Shot selection is key to avoiding conflicts.
I agree with the comments about the distractions. Kids playing in the yard, deck hockey on the driveway, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, walkers, dog walkers, horseback riders (including local hunt club sponsored fox hunts, with many horses and large packs of dogs), car and bike traffic and joggers on the adjacent road, other hunters on the adjacent private properties are all some of the things I deal with on a regular basis. It gets frustrating for sure.
Last edited by WexfordBowhunter; 01-01-2019 at 03:07 PM.
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