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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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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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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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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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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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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).
:goodposting: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:shocking:
 

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naw what i edited wasnt that bad. we just try to keep it overly clean for the young folks on here... i got to get the forum rules up sometime soon. so i can retire from editing so much :biggrin:
 

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lol, its ok i get it. but yea they are stupid haha. Shoulda shot the pheasant instead!!!
 

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The reason you see squirrels is that you are in the right place! Deer and squirrels eat acorns... so do turkeys. SO you see them in the same places. I generally set up in a woods where I see squirrels, especially if I have never hunted that woods before. (and generally see deer).
About the Jays: They really tick me off!!! Been busted more times by them than anything else!!! Even if you stay still they will hang out forever till you move.
After they leave, I make a few short grunts to make it look like they were harassing a buck... (seems to work...)
 

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last year while sitting in my stand overlooking my feeder i was entertained by 3 squriels and a doe with 2 tearlings the doe was most enterested in eating but the yearlings and squriels played tag or chase for what seemed like 15 minets i had a hard time not lol i too believe that they are a natural in the woods
 

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Just last weekend I had a run in with a ton of squirrels. I had them swinging from my tree-stand and barking on the tree branch behind me. Needless to say it was a rather miserable hunt. Oh by the way I did not see any deer. It could be quite possible that it was because I was trying not to get attacked. So in a way the can effect your deer hunting.
 

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Greetings from Vermont BokeyHunters.
welcome to the site... Yeah them squirrels can work both ways during a hunt,
They either tell the deer you're there or warn you of incoming Deer. LOL
They're Such Backstabbers !!!!

That's a Nice Deer you put in the gallery, was that Deer a Sanford resident?
 
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