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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-22-2009, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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deer strategy??

OK, this is likely a dumb questuin but we're a little frustrated and I know you folks are a pretty kind group. Where I hunted Saturday the "funnel" which the deer were moving in the a.m. (generally from SE to NW) was a wooded valley about 250 yards wide....saw 4 bucks (all across the valley) but could not get a clear shot. My 13 yr old son and I were showered, clothes washed (in scent free soap), very quiet and camoflaged. That being said, it was like they knew something was different and just steered clear. Another factor, the wind kept changing. If I hung a pair of human scented pants (use your imagination) on one side of the valley do you think the deer would veer away or just turn around and go back?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-22-2009, 07:29 PM
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Hmmmmm? Never thought of that one. I know Irish Spring works well. I put it all over trespassers tree stands to ruin their hunt where ever they go.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-22-2009, 07:53 PM
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patience is a virtue. sometimes things just don't work out. the switching wind may of had something to do with it but i think they would turn and go back to where they know they were safe. herding them works as deer drives but i don't think thats the way you are hunting.
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That kind of stuff seems to happen alot with me. It's just like that sometimes but hang in there.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-23-2009, 04:22 AM
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It's like when someone's walking up behind you, sometimes we have that 6th sense that let's us know they are there,
I think deer are the same way at times....

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Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-23-2009, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by BruceBruce1959 View Post
It's like when someone's walking up behind you, sometimes we have that 6th sense that let's us know they are there,
I think deer are the same way at times....
100% Agree. Deer do have that sense and it is called the nose from hell to hunters. Bottom line is if that wind is switching even a little DO NOT hunt bottoms. You will get busted every time.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-23-2009, 08:47 AM
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i agree with all above. the wind is your worst enemy or your best friend in your case i would go with worst enemy. depending on how high your stand is your scent what is left of it might not be fully dissapating yet. also you can try using a cover scent on your boots because just what is on your boots is a major thing around here they mayonly smell the human odor from the truck or house on your boots and you can try one of those buck bombs to really cover you scent in those low areas remember what ever you do if scent is an issue then try and keep with what is native to your area whether it is coon urine or just a cheap deer urine to spray on your boot bottoms and around lower pant legs. good luck

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-23-2009, 09:04 AM
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They are just a little skittish in south AR too. If anything is different they are headed out. I saw my family of deer at the end of my shooting lane. The nubbin and his sister ran toward me playing in the lane. When they got 50 yards away they turned and headed back with the tail up. They may have stayed or came back but is was on a leanto stand (in the rain...wet...ready to go...) and I wasn't taking any chances so I popped a momma.

If the babies are that skittish how do you think the mature bucks are going to act.
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