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I think the main reason for this is that the hunting styles are a lot different between the two. Archery hunters often don't wear orange and get very close to the their prey while gun hunters wear orange and are able to hunt at ranges of hundreds of yards. Combining those activities at the same time increase the risk of archery hunters being shot by gun ...


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This behavior is well-known to be honest. There's this myth that white-tail activity increases if it rains (the deer seeks shelter). However, the truth is that this doesn't really affect the daily routine. The animal just takes it as something what happens from time to time. As you may already know the two main sense of a deer is its ability to smell and ...


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Humans have trichromatic vision. Deer, Elk (wapiti) and some other animals have dichromatic vision. It's not that deer and Elk can't "see" oranges and reds, they just perceive them differently. Here is an explanation from Polk County Iowa Deer Color Blindness Are deer are color-blind? Is this why hunters can wear bright orange clothing and the ...


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You really shouldn't waste any time after you shoot a deer, how long you wait to dress your deer can affect the taste of the meat. The first thing that happens after you kill a deer is rigor mortis. Chemical changes in the muscles cause the meat to tense up and the carcass to get stiff. If you want tender meat, you need to wait for rigor mortis to pass ...


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In theory you could hunt Mule Deer with .223. I had friends who hunt boar with .223 and mule dear aren't really any tougher than a boar. That being said, smaller caliber equals less expansion and kinetic force. That means you have to be more precise. If you are new to hunting, I would go with the classic .30-06. Good range, good ballistics, great range ...


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I can't take any credit for already knowing this, all my information comes from an article from Penn State University, entitled Deer-Forest Study: The eyes have it! Some of the information in this article appears to contradict the claim at first glance, for example it begins with "Day or night, a deer’s vision is excellent. This is good if you’re a deer but ...


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You field dress the deer as soon as possible while maintaining your own safety. That really means that as soon as the deer is down, I go take care of it, except if I have shot it during the last few minutes of shooting light and I can't safely track the deer and do the work in the dark. Often I can do it in the dark if I have tracked it with enough light, ...


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The animal may startle causing harm to itself or others. For example Nature Workshops says: Wild animals that have been approached too closely, have: Been startled and run into traffic where they have been hit by vehicles. Lost footing on cliffs and fallen. Fled suddenly and suffered injury or death while trying to escape. Been separated from their ...


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One shooting the other basically. It's a safety measure. Where I live we don't have hunting season. We hunt the whole year round. I'm a bow-hunter and I've encounter myself looking up the barrel of a rifle twice.


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Hunting serves several purposes, a few of which are to: Allow residents (who own public game animals) to harvest meat; Follow long-held traditions; Manage game populations The two most common types of tools used in hunting are firearms and bows. Hunters who just want to harvest meat often don't care which tool they use - to them, "One kill is one kill". ...


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You can't teach an old dog new tricks. Hunting dogs are trained from pups, you wouldn't necessarily confuse your dog, but you might discover that it doesn't do the best job of what you want it to do (rips your birds apart while retrieving them, isn't fast enough to catch rabbits and foxes, leads you to a steaming pile of poop instead of following a blood ...


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The biggest things are scent, movement and not seeing what the deer can see. Most people trying to approach a deer are not seeing the forest, field, meadow or whatever, as the deer sees it. Crouch down so your head is about 2-3 feet lower than normal, and the world looks different. You see different paths through the brush, and a lot of times you discover ...


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.30 cal is about where big game hunting starts. You could get away with .223 with smaller white tail deer, but you'll increase how often you need to track your deer and that's less humane. For mule deer, I would stick to .30 or higher. I prefer Springfield 30-06, but that's just my preference. You could really use any .30 or higher.


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No, human smell is only potentially harmful to small fawns, a doe may abandon her infant fawn if it smells of human. At least this is what we're told as kids when we're hiking a trail and encounter a baby fawn. Their defence mechanism is to lay perfectly still, and they will, even if you were to sit down and pet them, they won't twitch. When the mother ...


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Genetics is one factor contributing to a deer's antler size, but certainly not the only factor. In many cases, maybe most, it isn't even the most important factor. Age: Young bucks that aren't fully mature will always have smaller antlers. A deer whose health is declining due to old age may also have smaller antlers. Diet: Antlers are regrown every year, ...


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There are three things deer will pick up on Sound - Especially sharp sounds like leaves crunching and twigs snapping are the worst. Movement - Deer see movement pretty well and will alert on it. Move really slowly. Also be aware of your stance and your heartbeat. For instance, once when sitting my pulse was causing my foot to jump in time. The deer ...


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Deer are browse feeders. They nibble on shrubs during the winter. You want to keep the forest clear enough of trees that shrubs do well. In our region (Alberta) dogwood and alder are the big ones for deer browse, but most willows, high bush cranberry, snowberry are also palatable for them. Ideal deer cover is a mixed wood with some conifer, some hardwood,...


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You want to go after they have dropped their antlers and before the grass has really started growing again in the Spring since that will hide the sheds. When they shed can vary depending on the area and the year, One thing we do know is that after the rut, a buck’s testosterone levels begin to decrease, and when they drop to a certain level, antlers are ...


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The butcher's comments sound completely bunk to me. Although there may be some difference in overall taste by not keeping your meat vertical with good air circulation, this variable is often out of our control during hunting, and for a short amount of time right after the kill with a dressed animal, the difference will be small, in my opinion. Your butcher ...


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This is not going to be effective. You and your 3 week old shirt are going to smell different. The shirt smells like you, but it ages, when the deer smell the live you, they will know that that person who left his shirt is back. Also you may be surprised on opening day, how many other hunters think your spot is their spot. If you wait until after opening day,...


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You should consider that an angry or surprised deer can decide to attack. Deer kill people, excluding the 120 to 200 or so by auto accident in the US, deer also kill by attacking. reference1 reference2 I was not able to find accurate numbers but in the US count seems to be less then 52 per year, probably in the 1 to 5 range.


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I have read that a Mother will not abandon the fawn even if it is touched by a human. Fawns are odorless for first few weeks, that way they cannot be smelled by predators. But if touched by a human, when the mother gets to it, it will smell the human odor, sense danger and will change the fawn's hiding location, if it is still caring for the fawn along ...


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My deer rifle is a .270. That is a smaller caliber than what either of the two current answers recommend. My father frequently carries only his .44 magnum bear pistol when hunting bear and/or deer. With my .270 I don't consider shooting bears, and he only considers relatively close shots. In my opinion there are many firearms that can do the job effectively ...


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Please also note Captain's answer. First of all he's describing how to avoid touching deer in the first place (what should be of course the way to go), second he came up with some nice references (which pointed me in the right direction here). The best thing to do is always to call the responsible authority. These authorities, however, differ from region ...


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During turkey season I practically bathe in regular deet based spray since turkeys can't smell. Thing is, this spring I had a deer walking around calmly 10-15 yards from me more than once. Can they smell it? Sure. Does it alarm them? Why should it? I would think only if they've made an association between it and danger.


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First decide want you want to do. Here in East TX wooded areas , the deer come in and eat about anything , no matter how small the area. This severely limits what can be grown. If we want deer , a few handfuls of corn from time to time, will bring a plethora of deer. This is partly because local deer hunters go to places like Colorado to hunt deer. I mean ...


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I do not have a global (US-wide) answer to the question. However, I can point to my state, where CWD is not getting worse, suddenly or not. In fact, it seems to be getting better. In New Mexico, 58 deer have been confirmed to have CWD since 2002 (year of first confirmed case in NM). The last positive case was in 2016. Every year between 2002 and 2016 saw at ...


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Hydrogen peroxide or a light bleach solution will work. Another good way is leaving it outside in direct sunlight for a month or two.


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A bit of googling seems to indicate that Michigan has the second largest deep population in the US at around 1.7 million. There is about one deer for every 5 or 6 people in Michigan. The chances that there is really only a single deer visiting your property is very low. You might have only seen one at a time, but there are likely several of them. ...


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Have a look at Can deer see blaze orange?. They have a picture of a hunter rendered how we think it looks to deer. The orange vest (without camo pattern) becomes indistinguishable from a yellow-green-brownish color, sticking less out in terms of color but very much due to its uniformity. The blueish-with camo trousers stick very much out as blue. Similar "...


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