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#6631682 - 01/13/17 08:53 PM Deer circling downwind
Hunterwannabe Offline
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Registered: 12/06/16
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Was out hunting in the forest and thought i heard a deer behind me sounded like a gallop come in fast and go away and then i could not hear it anymore. I was looking at the wind direction but i heard the deer behind me. This was some minutes after a fawn bleat call. Is this common for deer to circle downwind of you? I did not move or turn but the deer ran away. Bummer


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#6631688 - 01/13/17 09:00 PM Re: Deer circling downwind [Re: Hunterwannabe]
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Yes, especially a mature deer. Or he/she could have just been coming in from that direction.
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#6631757 - 01/13/17 10:13 PM Re: Deer circling downwind [Re: Hunterwannabe]
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Registered: 01/13/17
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Loc: Euless
I have seen this play out many times when calling (grunts, rattles), typically during the rut & always a buck that considers himself alpha. If you convince him there is another buck vying for his does he will almost away come directly to you. If he isn't convinced, he'll work the area from every angle while trying to catch wind of whatever is there. You will notice many times he'll have his mouth open as if he's panting, this helps improve his senses. Scientist say it improves their sense of smell. Nogalus is spot on...it was a wise old veteran. Both bucks and does react to bleats, so could have been either.

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#6631772 - 01/13/17 10:19 PM Re: Deer circling downwind [Re: Hunterwannabe]
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Almost anytime you grunt, bleat, or rattle the mature deer will approach from downwind and use their nose to see if the sound was legit or not especially if they have been grunted or rattled in before. This isn't always the case but I make sure I always watch the downwind area when trying to call deer in close.
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#6633912 - 01/15/17 05:29 PM Re: Deer circling downwind [Re: Hunterwannabe]
Hunterwannabe Offline
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Thanks for the tips guys, appreciate it

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