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#6906137 - 10/02/17 03:00 PM Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity
ThrowinCorn Offline
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Registered: 10/08/16
Posts: 2
Loc: Milam County
Hey quick question yall, I have been hunting the same stand since opening morning on a small piece of land(10 acres). I saw a group of does that morning but nothing else since then. I have hunted nearly every day since. The land owners are building a house relatively close to my stand and say they see deer everyday even while saws and drills are going. these deer also see them and their fine with it. So my question is since these deer are so use to humans do I have a better chance at not pressuring them? Can i keep hunting this stand morning and evening? Or should I just give my stand a break? The deer activity has slowed for sure.

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#6906174 - 10/02/17 03:22 PM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
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Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 301
Deer will be tame around the house (where they see people all the time) and skittish in the woods. Even just a little ways away. So, yeah, I think you could be pressuring the deer even when they're used to the home builders nearby.

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#6906176 - 10/02/17 03:24 PM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
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Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 1645
Loc: Houston, TX
Originally Posted By: ThrowinCorn
Hey quick question yall, I have been hunting the same stand since opening morning on a small piece of land(10 acres). I saw a group of does that morning but nothing else since then. I have hunted nearly every day since. The land owners are building a house relatively close to my stand and say they see deer everyday even while saws and drills are going. these deer also see them and their fine with it. So my question is since these deer are so use to humans do I have a better chance at not pressuring them? Can i keep hunting this stand morning and evening? Or should I just give my stand a break? The deer activity has slowed for sure.


I would NEVER hunt the same stand that frequently. The deer are patterning you, not the other way around.

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#6906189 - 10/02/17 03:34 PM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
Texas Dan Online   content
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Your question points to one of the most debated issues within the deer hunting community.

My own observations agree with those outlined in the study you will find at the link below. Still, there will always be those who scoff at such findings and claim they see deer every time they sit in their stand, even when they park their ATV right next to it. My own observations have ALWAYS shown that deer learn fast once the season starts and quickly change their travel and feeding patterns. However, that can mean just changing your own hunting patterns by hunting later in the morning or earlier in the evening. Hunting in the middle of the week when you can works even better.

Last season I filled my wide-rack tag on a late December weekday on a buck that was slow trailing two doe around 10:30am. I decided to stay late that morning because it was a weekday when there was no work to be done back at our camp. I saw more deer that morning between 10am and 10:30 than I had seen all season.

What the research suggests about hunter pressure on deer
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#6906207 - 10/02/17 03:49 PM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
ThrowinCorn Offline
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Registered: 10/08/16
Posts: 2
Loc: Milam County
Thanks guys, and awesome article Dan. Im going to leave it all alone for a week or so.

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#6906432 - 10/02/17 06:07 PM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
Wacm Online   content
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 894
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Sounds like you might be getting busted coming in. Maybe hunt the evening and get there a little earlier

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#6906603 - 10/02/17 07:51 PM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
colt45 Offline
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have had deer close while on tractor, different story when hunting season starts
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#6906695 - 10/02/17 08:43 PM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
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I've had deer watch me on tractor for extended periods without a care. But stop the tractor and stand up - gone!
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#6906752 - 10/02/17 09:20 PM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
Outfishdya Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/07/12
Posts: 128
Loc: Lville
when they notice other deer start disappearing, and they hear shots, along with human scent....those same deer will start to get a little wiser. Early season and late season are a different game on most places.

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#6906880 - 10/03/17 12:38 AM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
Brian C. Offline
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Registered: 11/14/14
Posts: 252
Loc: Location
Agree with Texas Dan, I've experienced sometimes they develop a sixth sense to your presence. The old saying of waiting til the wind is right to hunt a stand and the very FIRST sit in any stand is usually your highest chance of filling a tag has been pretty on point for me.
Now in the real world with busy work, family and just plain ole life many of us such as myself have to hunt when schedule allows us too. Not always coinciding with the weather. The only time I try to hunt the same stand multiple days in a row is the rut when deer are covering more real estate. Try giving it a rest and see how the next sit goes.
This early the deer are still in thier summer patterns, you may not flat be in a target bucks travel range at the moment.
Best of luck
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#6906981 - 10/03/17 07:14 AM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 4758
Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
Even if you have a timed feeder set up, I would go in there every day and just throw corn on the ground and then leave, and don't hunt the blind for about a week.
They will get used to the daily handout scattered about, and keep your scent around, maybe hang an old sweaty T shirt at the blind, because deer are creatures of habit as well.


Edited by Jimbo (10/03/17 07:24 AM)

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#6907014 - 10/03/17 07:45 AM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
Drogers6771 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 10/01/17
Posts: 224
Loc: Huntsville
Totally depends on your setup too. If you're rifle hunting a 100 acre clearing and your feeder is 150 yds away, you can get away with more. In your situation, you're doing the right thing by laying off

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#6907086 - 10/03/17 08:44 AM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: Texas Dan]
4Weight Offline
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Registered: 11/09/11
Posts: 3021
Loc: Tarrant Cty and Murray
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Your question points to one of the most debated issues within the deer hunting community.

My own observations agree with those outlined in the study you will find at the link below. Still, there will always be those who scoff at such findings and claim they see deer every time they sit in their stand, even when they park their ATV right next to it. My own observations have ALWAYS shown that deer learn fast once the season starts and quickly change their travel and feeding patterns. However, that can mean just changing your own hunting patterns by hunting later in the morning or earlier in the evening. Hunting in the middle of the week when you can works even better.

Last season I filled my wide-rack tag on a late December weekday on a buck that was slow trailing two doe around 10:30am. I decided to stay late that morning because it was a weekday when there was no work to be done back at our camp. I saw more deer that morning between 10am and 10:30 than I had seen all season.

What the research suggests about hunter pressure on deer


Really good article Dan, thanks for sharing.
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#6907118 - 10/03/17 09:04 AM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
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Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 4705
This rough map shows one of my setups. deer and hogs have gotten used to the traffic as long as you are in the camp areas. The red x is the stand and the yellow with black squares is the feeder. green is narrow strips of trees. What I've noticed is that the minute you drive passed the camp site your hunt is over. Does and pigs don't care but the bucks will be no shows. Beyond the feeder are very deep gullies that the deer use to move from one area to another. We go in park and stay within the camp area no problem you can even stay up late around the campfire and hear the hogs at the feeder while music is playing. I have a hog light under the feeder that you can just creep up to the stand and look down to see if its on. We've seen deer and hogs while others are at te camp laughing and talking. Trick is not to educate them to your hunting activity. My son is the only one to shoot a deer at the feeder. I bow hunt them from the area and many times i see them walk by and look through though trees watching the camp
then they trot passed the openings stop and walk again.
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#6908422 - 10/04/17 08:43 AM Re: Hunting pressure vs Regular human activity [Re: ThrowinCorn]
Texas Dan Online   content
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IMHO, mature bucks are wise enough to recognize man-made structures and will alter their travel routes just enough to avoid being seen. If you relocate a stand just a 100 yards or so, you might find yourself being run over by a buck that you have never seen before.

It's something I learned many years ago when hunting a small tract in Mississippi with my in-laws. I knew the tract quite well, having hunted it while living in the state. I decided to throw up a three-piece ladder stand in an area that was between two existing box stands and along a route between a food plot and bedding area. I put the stand up that afternoon and about an hour later I heard a twig snap to my right. I turned and saw the biggest buck I had ever seen on the tract standing dead in his tracks with only his neck and head extending beyond a tree. I could tell he suspected something wasn't right. I was able to raise my rifle and take him with a single neck shot at less than 15 yards.

There's no question in my mind the buck had learned to navigate that small tract without being seen by hunters. My wife's uncle was hunting the nearby food plot and said the buck never showed up there. In fact, he claimed to have never seen the deer or knew any family who had seen him.
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