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Yarded up deer

I saw something last night I have never seen before.  It was a field of standing corn FULL of deer.  Around here a herd of 8-10 deer is a lot to see at once.  Normally they are in groups of 3 or 4.  Last night the light was perfect to see between the corn stalks against a background of white snow.  This little field of about 3/4 of an acre with standing corn had about FIFTY white tail in it.  There were deer in there about 6 feet apart covering every part of that field "hiding" in the corn and feeding.  I really should have driven back there witha  camera.  I'll look for them tonight while I have a camera along.  I have never seen that many white tail together in such a small area before. 

It was pretty cool.

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Did you notice

Did you notice if any of those deer still wore headgear?  There was a thread on here a shot time back, talking about when deer shed their antlers.  This might have been a good chance to see if any still had them on.  I'd guess most have already shed by now.

What were the deer eating in the corn field?  Were there kernels of corn on the ground?  I sure hope they're there this evening so you can get some pictures.  I never get tired of looking at deer or other wildlife.  Take pictures and post them here.

Thanks Groovy Mike.

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My grandparents in way

My grandparents in way northern Maine used to have a big deer yard down the road from them.

They would go for a ride this time of year, and it would never fail, they'd see 50-60-70 deer all over.  The photos were incredible.

Granted, that was 20 years ago, long before the deer population in northern Maine crashed.

If you ever want to see big numbers of deer, I still have not seen anything like West Virginia.  Going for a drive and seeing 30-40 in the fields was never a problem, especially this time of the year when the snow starts to melt, and the new grasses are exposed.

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Mike: I'm not sure, but the

Mike: I'm not sure, but the title of your post made me think that you felt the deer were "yarded up" in that field of corn. From the little I know about deer behavior, my guess is that they had spent the tough part of the winter in much deeper cover than that. They usually find a thick swamp or somewhere with heavy conifer cover for thermal protection.

I believe what you were seeing was a lot of deer from the surrounding area finding their way to an obviously food-rich environment. A standing corn field this time of year would have tons of food available, and the deer that have been subsisting on limited browse for a while would be really glad to get out of their winter grounds and into the feed.

As was just stated in the previous post, we also see them out in numbers after the snow is off the tops of the fields. Anywhere that the ground is bare, the deer congregate to start nibbling whatever grasses are remaining from last year and anything new that's coming up.

 

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deer were taking advantage of the feed

I agree Jerry.  You are exactly right.  Those deer were taking advantage of the feed that has apparently been untouched all winter.  I’m glad to see so many so close to home (+/- 5 miles from my place).  I was afraid that there would be a high starvation rate in the deer herds this winter since we have had a lot of deep snow.

 

Arrowflipper – I did drive past the same field last night but there were only about a dozen deer in it.  So I did not return with the camera.  I was tempted to do so, but dinner was ready when I got home and if I grabbed the camera and left, my corned beef and cabbage would have gotten cold!  Then it was off to the school borad meeting for the remainder of daylight.  I did have to hit the brakes and let a deer get out of the road on the way home though.  And btw – I saw NO antlers either night.  I think they are all flattops this time of year.

 

CAVermonster – my mental note to self – check into deer hunting in West Virginia!

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:lol:  I went there for

:lol:  I went there for training in March last year, and just driving to and from work, about a 20 minute drive, plus one or 2 nights of just driving specifically looking for deer, I saw over 200.

It's pretty nice..... Wink

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I know where there's a couple

I know where there's a couple deer yarding areas and if it wasn't illigal I would have taken something there for them to eat this year. It's been one of the roughest years in the past 15 or so and STILL not over, it just will not go away.

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I saw a doe with two fawns

I saw a doe with two fawns real close to my place this week.  They made it through the snows J

I think they’ll be ok if the made it this far.  I also saw a doe with last year's fawns while driving home last night in another town.  It looks like the herd in general had a pretty good survival rate despite the hard winter Thumbs up

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Somebody on one of my other

Somebody on one of my other sites said he went for a drive in the Waterbury area the other day and saw around 160 deer in just 6 miles.

He said the fields were opening up, so they were all out there nibbling away.  Good to see.

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Yes, I seen a small herd this

Yes, I seen a small herd this morning on the way home to and they looked to be in good shape reguardless. Every place I've seen a few deer were not in the yarding areas that I know of. It's those places that were hit hard. These this morning were farm land deer, small hillsides. Where I hunt is mountains. I hope they faired ok.

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