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Location: Calgary AB
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Can Game Tell That It Is Hunting Season?

Hello Everyone-

Just a question or two to start.

Can the deer family tell that it is hunting season, and is it
scientifically proven? Where do they go in this case?

Thanks.

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Can Game Tell That It Is Hunting Season?

oh im sure they can tell with the change of season but im not sure if it is sientifically proven

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Location: Alabama
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Can Game Tell That It Is Hunting Season?

I think that they realize the increase in human presence and change in seasons but I don't think they have it marked on their calanders. They don't go anywhere they just become more cautious.

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haha me niether i agree with him

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Location: OlyWa
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Can Game Tell That It Is Hunting Season?

I am sure that they know something is up when they start hearing, smelling and seeing increased activity in the weeks leading up to the season.

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Can Game Tell That It Is Hunting Season?

not to mention gun shots everywhere

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
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Can Game Tell That It Is Hunting Season?

We have a very big doe around here who puts the mature in mature, she has twin doe fawns every year, I tried to get her in 2003, but she caught me unawares when she came in from behind me. She is incredibly wary, and during hunting season, it's hard to even find her. This doe has an orange pelt, I figure she weighs at least 150 lbs live weight. During this upcoming deer season, she will be one of my main targets.

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Good luck man. Hope you get her.

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Location: Nova Scotia
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Can Game Tell That It Is Hunting Season?

I think the ones that get a few seasons under their belt do start to figure a trend associated with the time of year. I also feel that we spook more animals by the way we act during deer season. We tend to sneak around more which surprises animals. During the "off season" we are more relaxed and more noisy allowing the deer to know you are coming and keep a safe distance. I know it sounds stupid but how many times are you say rabbit hunting through brush making huge noises just to come out through a wooded area and the deer are a hundred yards away watching you? All of their predators sneak up to them and we are no different. Just a theory.

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Location: OlyWa
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Chester - doesn't sound stupid at all. It happens all the time. If you act natural, the animal acts natural. If you act like a predator (quite/sneaky) then the animal will act like prey.

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Location: Florida,USA
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Can Game Tell That It Is Hunting Season?

I once heard that if you want to sneak up on a deer then just carry a running chainsaw around with you !!! Laugh

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