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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-13-2007, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Deer and squirrel

I have a question I would like to ask. Has anyone ever seen a deer and a squirrel on the ground together sort of close to one another? I hunt usually hardwood only and I have never seen this. I watch, it seems like 100 squirrel play and run all over the place and make as possibly much noise as possible quite often. When all the fun is over for these little guys and they all go back to their nest or go into hiding is usually when I see deer. It seems to me like if I did not have any squirrel I would have a lot more deer. Another question does anyone think these little guys might be turning my deer in another direction with all the noise? I am all most convinced they are, I don't know about where any of you hunt at but the squirrels at my place sound like an army marching through the woods.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-14-2007, 08:29 AM
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i see alot of the squirrels too but i dont think they affect my deer hunting. they do make alot of noise but i believe the deer know what they are. there use to it. alot of times i have seen the squirrels run up a tree and do there little chatter at the deer. the deer usually dont even pay attention to them. so no i dont think the deer are affected by squirrels
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-14-2007, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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yeah I don't really think the deer are affected by the squirrel when they are doing their normal thing like finding acorns and running back up the tree to hide them. Its when the squirrel are knocking dead tree branches to the ground and in the creek, chasing each other or just making alot of noise in general. I might be wrong I just had a bad hunt yesterday morning with the squirrel, I was really pissed beacuse they were making more noise than normal. Anyway thanks
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-14-2007, 02:03 PM
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the woods will have its natural sounds and squirrels are part of that and if the deer dont hear them or the birds either then they know something is wrong. So if the little critters are out and about then the deer will feel more at ease.
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I dont mind the squirrels DOGS are what make me mad. I was trying to put my summit on the tree but never made it had to go back to the house and get my gun. I was about half way to my stand i here these real mean barks i figured they were chasen a deer or something then they were about 200 yards they started running and barking they got within 75 yards and i decided it was time for me to leave so i ran back to my house and got my gun but before i got back they were gone. Im going there in the morning i seen a nice buck at this spot.
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i think that if the squirrels stop playing its almost an indication that something is going wrong....same with birds.....the deer will listen to the othersl
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-15-2007, 07:38 AM
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I know exactly what you mean cuz I hunt a huge wood block of white oaks and it is packed full of squirrels (grey and black) and they make more noise than a deer when their just running around grabbing acorns. To me the deer just go about the norm along with the squirrels maybe cuz of the large supply of acorns. The squirrels are the ones that let me know when a larger animal is coming cuz they'll "bark" or something and shake their tail flicking it while they're in a tree. Like a crazy neighbor the deer just deal with it (squirrels).
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I also observe squirrel to tell me if other game is approaching. I also use blue jays. Most of the time food squabbles, squirrel's and other birds make blue jays go ballistic but occasionally a deer will be the root cause.

My point here is use other animal behavior as an early warning system to your hunting skills.
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-25-2007, 08:36 AM
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I know exactly what you mean cuz I hunt a huge wood block of white oaks and it is packed full of squirrels (grey and black) and they make more noise than a deer when their just running around grabbing acorns. To me the deer just go about the norm along with the squirrels maybe cuz of the large supply of acorns. The squirrels are the ones that let me know when a larger animal is coming cuz they'll "bark" or something and shake their tail flicking it while they're in a tree. Like a crazy neighbor the deer just deal with it (squirrels).
I agree 100%the other one to listen for are blue jays,if they start screaching look out somethings coming,unless of course they spotted you then they're ratting YOU out

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