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#5514801 - 01/02/15 07:14 AM Ice = No Deer?
DanPhifer Offline
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Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 126
Hunting in Shackleford County and the ice is so thick that you have to skate to blind. I highly doubt the deer like walking on this. On top of that it is extremely noisy to walk on. I saw zero deer last night in a field we usually see a lot in. Sitting it again now, I guess I'll see what happens. What is y'all's experiens with this? Will deer move on thick ice like this?

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#5514815 - 01/02/15 07:28 AM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
BubRay Offline
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Registered: 08/26/08
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Good luck!!
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#5514819 - 01/02/15 07:33 AM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
cmc Offline
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Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 5714
Loc: Graham to Arlington
They have to move eventually.
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#5514824 - 01/02/15 07:36 AM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
DanPhifer Offline
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I hope so. This is silly.

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#5514831 - 01/02/15 07:42 AM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
John Humbert Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
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Yes





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#5514848 - 01/02/15 07:53 AM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
DanPhifer Offline
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Well there Is hope after all. This is some thick ice.

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#5514878 - 01/02/15 08:13 AM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
I saw the same thing near over the past few days near Brady. I sat Wednesday morning and saw one deer where I usually will see 20. Wednesday night I saw 2 off the distance. I think if you can wait them out they are going to get hungry and come out.
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#5514891 - 01/02/15 08:22 AM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
cmc Offline
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I got a little five point at 19 yards right now and the ice on the branches is so thick they are sagging down in front of my shooting window so if a deer came out I could shoot it would be tricky to get an arrow around the icy branches. He was not comfortable with ice around the feeder but picked and poked around until he got his fill I guess.
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#5515090 - 01/02/15 09:59 AM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
wtjim Offline
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Deer on our place are cleaning it up under feeders and smashing the alfalfa bale!

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#5515127 - 01/02/15 10:11 AM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: wtjim]
catslayer Offline
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Originally Posted By: wtjim
Deer on our place are cleaning it up under feeders and smashing the alfalfa bale!


I WANTED TO GET ALFALFA OUT SOO BAD. But couldn't get down there... they have to eat to stay warm. So they may not be there the first morning after but they wont be gone very long.
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#5515386 - 01/02/15 12:33 PM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
DanPhifer Offline
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Edited by DanPhifer (01/02/15 12:35 PM)

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#5515399 - 01/02/15 12:37 PM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
Luke27 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/13
Posts: 241
Loc: Sweetwater, Texas
Thought this thread was going to be about the superstition that filling ice chests before a hunt is unlucky.

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#5515402 - 01/02/15 12:38 PM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
DanPhifer Offline
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Registered: 12/07/07
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#5515404 - 01/02/15 12:40 PM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
DanPhifer Offline
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Registered: 12/07/07
Posts: 126
Luke27, maybe that is why the deer aren't moving. I have ice in my ice chests too. I do know that I'll be sore tomorrow. I busted it walking back to truck this morning. Kept the gun off the ground, somehow.

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#5515557 - 01/02/15 02:02 PM Re: Ice = No Deer? [Re: DanPhifer]
cmc Offline
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Registered: 12/08/05
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Loc: Graham to Arlington
I ended up seeing two bucks this morning both in bow range. That's pretty good because I can only see 30 yards in one direction in that stand so I'm really limited on visibility. From looking at tracks and corn on the walk back they moved. I got back in at 1:30 and there's squirrels and birds everywhere so I bet the deer are on their feet too.
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