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10087 clicks; posted to Geek » on 02 Mar 2013 at 4:35 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-03-02 11:59:20 PM  
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FWIW, I can attest to what MikeSass says about deer.  I am a photographer, and spend much of my free time doing nature photography out in the state game area near my home. The deer there know me well enough for me to approach them even during times like fawning, when the does are extremely nervous and protective.  They don't get alarmed in the least, even if I get between them and the fawns.  I also hunt in the fall, and have several times had deer follow behind me just like he described.  I do shoo them off, because I don't want to get shot by accident, but most the time they just fall back to a greater distance and continue to follow me anyway.  I use scent elimination spray (Vanishing Hunter) when I am on land that I don't normally frequent, but in the places where I am out more than twice a week I don't bother anymore because they know who and what I am, and they're comfortable with me being near them.

Here's one that actually was trying to get me to play with her and her sibling one morning while their mother watched.

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They are very simple-minded creatures and, like horses, are very easily influenced if you are willing and able to interact with them on their terms.
2013-03-02 08:55:45 PM  
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uttertosh: MikeSass: I have actually had deer follow 10-15 feet behind me through the woods (public land!) during hunting season

You're either lying, or really, really fuc7king stupid.

It isn't like I entice them to do that, and I always am in orange head-to-toe in that situation.  But I'm not going to drive one off either.  There's no need.  If there is another hunter around the deer would know it waaay before I would, and would act accordingly.  Following me at a slow pace, head down, tail flicking...the whole point is that neither one of us have anything to worry about, and we both know that.  While the biology of it takes some study (as any good hunter knows), the psychology of it is really pretty basic.  Essentially, if you are in the woods often enough for long enough, the deer become conditioned to see (and smell) you as a non-threat.
2013-03-02 08:21:28 PM  
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Most of the "hunters" I've encountered just sit in a tree stand mounted to look down on the spot where they'd had the automatic feeder placed all summer long.  I mean, if you have to do that to put food on the table, then do so, but don't pretend there's any kind of sport in it.
2013-03-02 01:14:55 PM  
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False.  This is the greatest deer hunting technology ever:

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Everything else is merely an incremental improvement on that.
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