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Regional Differences in Deer?

I have posted about being in Illinois this past week - I noticed that the deer in Illinois do not appear to be nearly as shy about walking where a human walked - and then getting nervous or upset.

I was forced to do quite a bit of scouting and looking and ended up hunting right where I had walked around in many instances.

I expected the deer to turn inside out many times when they hit where I walked and did not see that one single time.

In SC - they WOULD have smelled you and generally - will leave on double time.....

Any thoughts on why???

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Jim that is an interesting

Jim that is an interesting observation.  i will take a guess at why.  In IL where you were hunting is the pressure from man low?  if so, the deer may not be alarmed by the smell because they do not associate it with danger.  Now in SC if they have learned that man equals danger that might be the reason for the reaction.

Another theory might be that if the area is frequented by farmers and other non hunting humans the deer have become used to the smell and complacent about it and therefore not alarmed.  Of course, these are just guesses on my part.

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CVC, I think you are on to

CVC,

I think you are on to something... but I believe it is the latter.... there are a lot of bird and rabbit hunters in the area that are always walking around... I am left to wonder if the deer do not get used to where they walked and just figure - hey, they are not harming me so no reason to get upset.

These hunters always have dogs with them - we saw several hunting parties like this in Illinois this week - so maybe the deer get sort of used to the dogs also.

I would venture to say that the dogs are trained not to chase the deer and the deer do not associate that type of danger?

At any rate, our deer down here will not tolerate a lot of walking around prior to the hunt...

We had a party from Louisiana in camp this week and they remarked about this same thing... how the deer will tolerate where you walked and also how infrequently the deer blew at us when they winded us...

More thoughts???

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More thoughts?  Why of course

More thoughts?  Why of course I have more thoughts.  This is why I like this site...discussions like this make me think and make me a better hunter.  Think about your situation and then reverse it.  You came from an area where it was important to limit human scent.  Suppose a hunter comes from an area where it is not a big thing, but is hunting in an area where it is?

My point and the one that I learned from your post is that deer hunting is not deer hunting...it can and does vary from area to area, region to region and a smart hunter would be wise to recognize and observe those differences.

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I have found that i's not

I have found that i's not just hunting pressure, but human interaction in general.  Where I hunt out here, I am within sight of many cabins and a fire station.  The woods are packed with hikers, hunters, etc., and the deer smell/see humans all the time.  They are generally less skiddish than others.  However, if you go to an area where the deer are more secluded, then they may be a little more leery about our scent and presence.

Then again, maybe due to the fact they never run into a human, they may be more inquisitive than scared.  Guess it's a toss-up.

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Good points, CA-V, I sit

Good points, CA-V,

I sit behind the house at times just to watch the deer - I even kept a ladder stand out there at one point (my wife will not let me shoot them, in spite of the fact that I have permission from the landowner) and I am amazed at what they will put up with.

There are big white oaks no more than 50 yards into the woods and they will come up and eat acorns while the kids are playing on the swing set less than a stones throw away.

But what I was amazed at was the difference in actual "Fear" behavior that I think I witnessed... that is what seems like a regional difference to me - the way they manage to stay or flee instinct that all animals have.

They seemed to have a different mindset and I am just not sure if it is people presence in these woods - although there are people in the woods - but you would think a deer, is a deer, is a deer but apparently not.

Good for hunting up there, I think... it would appear as though you can be less careful as to where you walk - but as soon as I let my guard down, a 165" will cut my trail and bolt!!!

That will be my luck for sure and another "JimBob Story....".

Jim

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