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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Where did the Deer go

I've been hunting the same piece of property in West Georgia for almost 30 years and it has been good until the last three years. Average seeing 30 plus deer a year then in the last three I have seen only 11 total. The property is a mixture of hardwoods and pines of different stages of development. The property has good stand of mixed hardwoods on the south side and from the hill top to the property line. We have carved out 5 small food plots with the largest being about 1/4 acre which is the best we can do without heavy equipment. It gets frustrating when you put in all this work and you dont see much. Any Ideas?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-15-2011, 06:10 AM
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deer numbers fluxuate every place they study them in, some years you'll see an average amount of deer other years you'll see below or even above average numbers.
When you consider the facts that deer die off from natural causes along with hunting harvests, some are killed by vehicles in traffic, and some are killed by predators
it makes me wonder how any deer manage to make it from one year to the next.
How about weather in your hunting area, if the weather's been funky over the last few years it may be an indication that the deer food sources weren't as productive as they were in years past.
There's many things to consider when you're not seeing the amount of deer you normaly see but most times the numbers will bounce back to what you consider to be normal numbers..

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 12:31 AM
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Although we've been having an extreme drought this year, I have seen a lot of mature doe and plenty of fawns lately. There have even been a couple of young bucks prancing about, but nothing that is legal to shoot . . . having said that, with young bucks spotted, I'm hoping that the more mature ones will show up later in the year for the rut and at least the opening week or two of season.

We shall just have to wait and see!!

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2011, 01:16 PM
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On my land the less time i spend walking around the more deer i see. Just clearing lanes - working on food plots ect. can turn the deer nocturnal.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2011, 01:51 PM
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In PA where I've hunted since 1973 has seen a severe drop in total deer numbers the last 3-5 years. Hunter numbers has also been dropping so I'm a bit unsure what has happened. The DNR instituted that point restriction quite a long time ago and I don't think it has any part of the deer decline. Bear numbers have climbed some and boars take something like 30% of the fawns but we used to have a whole lot of deer/sq mile but something has changed!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2011, 03:42 PM
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I never knew that wild pigs were such a problem

Until reading some of the posts created on it, I never knew that the wild pigs impacted the hunting so much all over the country. I think that the DNRs in each State are going to have to be agressive in getting the numbers of wild pigs down. I haven't heard of them being a problem yet in Minnesota, but if they are killing 30% of the young fawns in other States they are probibly doing the same in MN also.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2011, 03:47 PM
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Karl, bear boars in PA's case.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2011, 05:24 PM
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I didn't know I male Bear is a Boar...

I guess it makes sense because I did know they call the female Bears a sow...

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