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Location: St. Louis County
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Field Dressing in the Woods

I hunted with some buddies this year in Northern Missouri in permanent stands that have been there for years. These guys always get deer, but they always field dress it where it falls, then drag it out.

I contend that the gut pile will scare off other deer and attract coyotes, which will drive deer off, too. These guys insist the deer pay no attention to the gut piles.

I think I'm gonna take my climber and get as far away from them as possible next year. What do you guys think?

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Location: Alabama
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More than likely the coyotes will eat the piles up within two nights and be gone. The deer will pay no more attention.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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I havent noticed any difference in deer sightings with or without gut piles. There is one field (if your standing in this field of about 25 acres, you couldn't see more than 10 feet in any direction the growth is about 10-12 feet high) on a property I hunt that by the end of the week will have 4 or 5 gut piles and the deer are still using it. If the deer are there I would hunt it.

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Dave,
They're right, most deer will walk right past a gut pile or a whole dead deer and pay only the scantest attention to the remains. I shot a bear once and five minutes later another walked right past the dead one without so much as a glance. This is what life is like in the real woods.
Dan

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Location: St. Louis County
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Alright guys, I'm convinced. Thanks for the feedback.

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Location: Belleville, Illinois, USA
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I had 3 gut piles with 10 yards of each other this year. The deer didn't care at all. The last of the 3 that I shot was an old 10 pointer who walked past one of the piles with 3 feet, and didn't even glance at it

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Joined: 02/08/2006
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Yeah, I live in Missouri, and have been hunting for 35 yrs, and i always gut my deer right where it falls...the deer pay little to zero attention to the gut pile...in fact around here where im at, Southcentral Missouri, a gut pile may not be there the next morning, i have seen the just vanish, its almost as if the coyotes and other critters will even lick the leaves clean.
Us folks in Missouri are lazy, we are not about to drag a deer out without gutting it and making it as light as possible. Laugh

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Location: Wisconsin
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i always gut my deer right by my stand where it falls and i have shot a doe one night and went to the same spot the the next morning and shot a 12 point buck 170 class b&c

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Once one crow finds the guts, gone in 60 minutes in Nova Scotia Big smile Big smile

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