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Location: St. Louis County
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Watchin' the Cows...

I've heard this one before, but has anyone else heard the general belief that the deer are doing whatever the cows are doing on a given day?

Yesterday, for example, it was very windy and cold here. I noticed on my drive up to the farm I hunt, the cows were all lying down in the fields. Sure enough, I didn't see anything but a small six-pointer right before dark. I think the deer were all bedded down, as well.

Anyone wanna weigh in on this one?

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Location: Sneads, Florida
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Watchin' the Cows...

Dont know if it is true or not, but I have had several older hunters tell me that if the cows are grazing then the deer are feeding.

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Location: Bavaria, Germany
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Watchin' the Cows...

Hello from Germany,

I think it is so. All deers who live in herds like red deer, chamois or wild boar have female deers as their leaders and these leading deers are responsible for what the herd is doing. The bucks or male deers have really no influence except in copulation time.

I think it is the same in USA.

Kirrmeister

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Watchin' the Cows...

I thought of the Topic for awhile before coming to this opinion:

I see absolutely no association between the deer behavior or habits and that of domestic cattle., other than some obvious likenesses, grass etc.

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Location: West Carleton, Ottawa, Canada
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Watchin' the Cows...
Hammer1 wrote:
I thought of the Topic for awhile before coming to this opinion:

I see absolutely no association between the deer behavior or habits and that of domestic cattle., other than some obvious likenesses, grass etc.

Ditto.

We ran 200 head of cattle in N Sask, other than obvious issues like extreme weather I never noticed a correlation. Our cattle knew they would get fed no matter what, they knew no one was going to shoot at them, they didn`t have to worry about predators, they knew they slab wind shelters if things got really ugly...

Deer didn`t.

Location: Butte, MT
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Watchin' the Cows...

I concur with Hammer and Saskie. I've hunted a lot of properties with both deer and cattle. I can't say that I've ever seen the slightest correlation between their behavior except in pretty extreme weather conditions. If it's -15 and blowing snow, both will tend to bed down... come to think of it, so do I.

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Location: St. Louis County
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Watchin' the Cows...

Sounds like we're split.....need some more research, I'd say. Yes

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