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#5407443 - 11/08/14 07:04 PM if you spooke a deer will he return
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Today was my first deer hunt ever. I did all my scouting online via satellite images. I found an area that I thought would be good for an afternoon hunt. The area was pretty good when I got to it. I spooked 2 does right when I got there so thought that was a good sign. There was also a nice dry creek bed point with a semi open area right there and not too thick at all. I set up on the ground next to a tree and waiting.

About 40 mins before sunset a small, but legal, buck came running through the creek bed and popped into the open just over my left shoulder... with the way I was sitting I could not angle around to get a shot without majorly spooking him.

So i sat super still to not freak him out, and we just stared at each other for about 15 to 20 seconds. He then turned and ran off.

With spooking him like this, will he be likely to return to this area tomorrow? I am thinking of hitting this spot all day tomorrow and see what happens. .

I am pretty pissed at myself for setting up wrong, it would have been amazing to get a deer on my very first hunt!!!! So mad!!

What do y all think?


Edited by jtprocaddie (11/08/14 07:05 PM)
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#5407450 - 11/08/14 07:10 PM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: jtprocaddie]
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A lot will depend on the area, age of the buck and the stage of the rut. If it is the rut then he will be back in the area, maybe not the exact same spot. If you know where the doe are feeding then might try that area and give that spot a rest.
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#5407451 - 11/08/14 07:10 PM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Young ones will often make stupid decisions this time of year.

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#5407762 - 11/08/14 09:43 PM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: jtprocaddie]
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I jumped a 4.5 yr old 8 pt one afternoon using a truck to move a tripod to a new spot. I shot him the next morning out of the tripod about 80 yards from where we spooked him.

Answer is you never know. This time of year you might see him again tomorrow or he may be 2 miles away.
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#5407779 - 11/08/14 09:57 PM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: jtprocaddie]
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If there are deer there (does) I'd be back and pick a better spot, paying attention to the wind and where you think they will come from. Could be a whole different buck or 2 run through there tomorrow, you never know...
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#5407797 - 11/08/14 10:09 PM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: Enter Standman]
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Originally Posted By: Enter Standman
Young ones will often make stupid decisions this time of year.

So do the older ones. Just not as many. One came to a grunt call yesterday. I promise he won't go back to that spot again. Go sit there and this time be ready.
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#5407875 - 11/08/14 11:05 PM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: passthru]
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Thankn guys!!! Gonna head out in a few hours. . 2 hour drive...

Also I went and both a tree stand... will use that tomorrow to get a bette better view and be out of sight!
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#5407912 - 11/08/14 11:40 PM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Tree stand will help tremendously. Good luck and keep at them up
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#5407980 - 11/09/14 01:50 AM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: jtprocaddie]
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I am gonna say something and some will slam me for it. I have ran a BBQ business on a rural place off and on for a few years and I just do what I do day in and day out and deer get used to it and go on with everyday business. I had customers drive up late evening with deer standing at the top of the hill and went wth.Some people make to big of a deal out of deer habits. If very little movement and sounds are on the place they are gonna be more touchy if you do what most do on there property and that is everyday life they get used to it.
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#5407986 - 11/09/14 02:59 AM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: jtprocaddie]
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You never know!!! I've had a 7 pt that came in every day at the same place and passed about 5 yds of me and go to my feeder!!! He was spooked one morning and the next morning came out on the same path!!!
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#5408137 - 11/09/14 08:25 AM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: jtprocaddie]
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IMO, just spooking one has far less effect than firing a shot and missing. While spooking a buck may not leave a lasting impression on him, he'll associate clear danger with a missed shot.
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#5408169 - 11/09/14 08:45 AM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
IMO, just spooking one has far less effect than firing a shot and missing. While spooking a buck may not leave a lasting impression on him, he'll associate clear danger with a missed shot.

I have seen them stand there and look around after a missed shot. They associate more danger with a human than the shot.
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#5408312 - 11/09/14 10:12 AM Re: if you spooke a deer will he return [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Registered: 09/29/07
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Loc: Emory, TX
"we just stared at each other for about 15 to 20 seconds. He then turned and ran off. "

Heres a tip, never lock eyes with a deer. Look away, tilt your head down so the brim of your hat blocks your eyes, whatever. If they lock onto your eyes looking at them, they will bolt every time.

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