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#5601485 - 02/16/15 12:03 AM Target Shooting At Deer Lease?
Gone to Texas Offline
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Registered: 07/05/13
Posts: 2627
Loc: Hurst
Any of y'all shoot targets at your deer lease during the off season? I could get some 500 yard targets up but I am concerned it will scare the deer off.

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#5601509 - 02/16/15 01:01 AM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Big D
Yes but not that far. We shoot many times at camp. It does not scare deer off though. I hunted my buddies place this year with a 1,000 yard range. I was hunting at the 800 yard marker out my blind window and saw plenty of deer. One giant hung up at 270 yards. It's all about pressure during the season. How many times have you had someone shoot 300 yards away at a hog 5 times and the deer don't even flinch???

I have shot at targets and had to let deer move by before taking a shot at 200 yards. They don't know.

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#5601957 - 02/16/15 10:37 AM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
Whitecrow Offline
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Registered: 11/05/09
Posts: 120
Loc: Houston, TX
I don't think the shooting bothers them. I was always afraid to dove hunt our tanks for fear of scaring deer away. we finally did it one Sept and had deer come to the tank during a lull in the action.

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#5602060 - 02/16/15 11:13 AM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I target shoot out of my deer stand to my feeder every year before the season in October. I've never noticed it bothering any deer. I have just as many deer at the feed the night after I shoot as the night before according to my trail cameras.
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#5602077 - 02/16/15 11:19 AM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Saw deer on my range three times in the last two months. And there is gun fire on my place 52 weeks a year.
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#5602089 - 02/16/15 11:26 AM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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I think the human activity bothers them far more than the shooting.
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#5602367 - 02/16/15 01:18 PM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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I think it should be limited to off season and in a safe, predetermined area.
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#5602636 - 02/16/15 03:19 PM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 11/22/10
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No shooting at my place from Sept.1st until the end of deer season unless it's at a deer, hog, or predator.
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#5602671 - 02/16/15 03:37 PM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Western]
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Registered: 05/27/09
Posts: 1778
Loc: S.A. and Kinney Co.
Originally Posted By: Western
I think the human activity bothers them far more than the shooting.


^^^^^^ this

Shooting, especially on a regular basis in a set area, is far less disruptive than running around the lease filling feeders cutting trees ect.....
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#5602676 - 02/16/15 03:41 PM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 11/04/07
Posts: 968
Loc: Flower Mound
Last summer in San Antonio at the National Shooting Complex a doe and her fawn walked within 200 yards of the skeet field and laid down. All this while 100+ high school kids were competing in skeet. So I would tell you to enjoy your lease and practice your long range shooting. We do on our lease.
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#5602832 - 02/16/15 04:51 PM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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WE shoot on our rifle range year round.

I don't think shooting in the general area bothers deer at all, especially if it's a regular occurrence. I've often sat in the box stand indicated in the picture below and watched deer feeding on the plot while guys were banging away on the rifle range.

But there's a Big IF. If someone cranks up a 4-wheeler to check his targets the deer will skedaddle. We don't allow 4-wheelers on the range during the season.

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#5602887 - 02/16/15 05:29 PM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
Old Rabbit Offline
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Registered: 07/13/11
Posts: 2728
Loc: Lansing, TX
That might work good at a shooting range but in Cass county where I used to be on a lease I was watching a group of deer in a green patch near a feeder and as soon as the shooting at camp started about 200 yards away they ran for cover. Not sure if the amount of road hunting caused it but they sure did haul a$$.

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#5602926 - 02/16/15 05:51 PM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 34315
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
I have seen deer spook from dove hunters at over 800 yards away and seen them come into the pond that we were shooting at. Just because you are shooting and see deer doesn't mean that you didn't push others away. Heck, we were blowing up tannerite and had a doe and yearling come by at about 400 yards down range.

We shoot on our place in a designated area, but I wouldn't want the range to be set up near my stand and wouldn't feel confident hunting a stand that someone is shooting 3-400 yards away at targets. Our place is 10k acres, but I wouldn't like it, during deer season, if I was on a smaller place.

Not saying that it does scare them away though and with enough shooting, the deer will get accustomed to it. I used to hunt down around Proctor over some peanut fields. The ranchers would set off cannons in regular intervals to scare the deer away. While they could sure make me jump, the deer got pretty used to them and wouldn't even flinch. Step on a branch and they would run like the wind confused2

I would say "do what you feel comfortable with."

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#5603023 - 02/16/15 06:35 PM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
Texas Dan Offline
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Registered: 07/28/08
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Because I never hear practice shooting from any of the neighboring landowners of my lease, I limit my practice shooting to the shooting range at Carter's Country.
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#5603084 - 02/16/15 06:54 PM Re: Target Shooting At Deer Lease? [Re: Gone to Texas]
Pittstate Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5177
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
Absolutely no target shooting during deer season on the places that I hunt. I do have a mock range on one of my places, but it is only for emergencies.

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