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Why are there separate seasons for archery and firearm hunting for deer?

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 ...
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Why do predators seem as abundant as prey in trail camera footage?

If the footage has been put on YouTube, it's probably been edited. Reasonable editing would be to show the range of species and/or behaviour in the area - after all, it's entertainment or at most ...
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Are elk and deer colorblind to blaze orange/pink clothes?

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. ...
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Trustworthyness of a claim that a "not hung" doe can't be completely processed

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. ...
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Are elk and deer colorblind to blaze orange/pink clothes?

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 ...
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If you get a "clean" kill on a deer how long do you have to field dress?

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 ...
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Why do predators seem as abundant as prey in trail camera footage?

I think there might be another reason beyond the accepted answer. Predators have to roam a lot more throughout their territory in order to find food and if they fail an attack on a prey they have to ...
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Why are there separate seasons for archery and firearm hunting for deer?

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 ...
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Why are there separate seasons for archery and firearm hunting for deer?

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 ...
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Things to consider when approaching deer

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 ...
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Does it harm deer when I walk on their trails?

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 ...
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Does a small antler really mean "bad genes"?

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 ...
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How should I manage my woods to attract more deer?

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 ...
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Can you train wild deer to get "used to" your scent before the hunting season

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 ...
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When is a good time to go hunting for deer antler sheds?

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 ...
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Trustworthyness of a claim that a "not hung" doe can't be completely processed

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 ...
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Deer with strange growths

I think that these will be fibromas, likely caused by a papillomavirus, but could also be caused by a poxvirus. Exactly which papillomavirus or poxvirus is dependent on the particular species of deer ...
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For what reasons might a male deer in the wild approach a human?

It's certainly reasonable that the deer could be acclimated to human contact, possibly having been fed in the past. It could also have been a territorial response- this has been documented more than ...
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How should I manage my woods to attract more deer?

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 ...
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Has Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) suddenly gotten worse in the United States?

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 ...
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How should I manage my woods to attract more deer?

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 ...
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Do deer have the ability to be predators of large animals?

No. Deer will scavenge small dead animals on occasion, as you noted in your question, and can be very defensive, but they are absolutely not predators. They also have the teeth of a herbivore, not a ...
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How do I whiten an old deer skull?

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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Can you train wild deer to get "used to" your scent before the hunting season

You would be better served by taking a regular walk to your general spot throughout the year at the same time of the day (provided your spots are on private land and won't be accessed by the general ...
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Are elk and deer colorblind to blaze orange/pink clothes?

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-...
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Why are there separate seasons for archery and firearm hunting for deer?

They typically don't overlap. One factor is safety of not having both on the playing field at the same time. Another factor is give the archer a better chance. Deer are not stupid. They hear bang and ...
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