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Old November 4th, 2008, 10:33 AM   #1
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Me and Jake were talking yesterday about what the deer head count was like over this way. we both came to the conclusion that someone near by had to be baiting heavy. the deer have just dried up. we figure someone has a big pile in the woods somewheres near by and the deer stopped moving since all the food is there. anyone else seeing this kind of thing?
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Old November 4th, 2008, 10:46 AM   #2
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there's been an attempt by the DNR to ban baiting this year in an effort to diminish contact between the deer. there is a rash of "wasting desease" going around and the DNR thinks baiting brings too many deer into contact with others. that plus lots of road kill and the impact of the wasting desease itself?????
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Old November 4th, 2008, 11:12 AM   #3
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there's been an attempt by the DNR to ban baiting this year in an effort to diminish contact between the deer. there is a rash of "wasting desease" going around and the DNR thinks baiting brings too many deer into contact with others. that plus lots of road kill and the impact of the wasting desease itself?????
For one thing the CWD that was found in Michigan. Was one deer at a private high fence deer ranch. There has not been any positive tests from wild whitetail deer in Michigan as of yet.

The DNR did ban all baiting of deer in the Lower Pennisula to prevent the spreading of CWD with in the deer population.

Studies from states that have infected deer. Proven that with out baiting the spread of the disease slows down. These states are Wyoming, Colorado, and Iowa.

The DNR does not know if the disease has spreaded to the wild deer population from this one deer that was found in Kent County.


So I highly doubt that CWD is the cause the for seeing less deer this year.

I do believe and it has been disussed a lot on other sites I belong too, that the deer have become nocturnal due to the early antlerless season that was held in Sept. This special hunt was done to bring the population down. How ever it was held the week before the youth firearm hunt.
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Old November 4th, 2008, 11:15 AM   #4
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no, more deer than ever.
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Old November 4th, 2008, 01:01 PM   #5
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that the deer have become nocturnal due to the early antlerless season that was held in Sept.
That argument is stupid. If anything, the baiting ban will cause the deer to be more active during the day, because they can't sleep all day and then beeline to a concentrated food source right at dark.

To answer the original question, I've seen about the same amount of deer this year. However, I've seen deer for LONGER than I saw them last year, because they browse coming towards me, and browse going past me. They're not beelining. F*ck baiting. I hope it stays banned.
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I walked down my road the other night and saw 2 deer withen 50 yards. came around the corner and saw pig tracks running the edge of the road. seemed to go for miles. the guy who have crops up have deer, the rest well...
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There's one less in the area I hunt...
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one less in my back 40.will be working on #2 if it cools back off.
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Old November 4th, 2008, 09:07 PM   #9
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We have an ass load on the farm...

Took about a dozen out with crop damage permits this summer. Didn't get the paperwork in in time though for block permits this year. grrrr
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they all must have migrated south to the carolinas... there are a bagillion deer here.
(they are all about the size of a large dog, but they are still deer...)
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We have an ass load on the farm...

Took about a dozen out with crop damage permits this summer. Didn't get the paperwork in in time though for block permits this year. grrrr
crop damage permits ftw. they dont even know that they should be scared, wrong time of the year.
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Yup. You can pretty much drive into the field. Get out of your truck. Slam the door. Load the gun. And line up your sights with them looking at you in the middle of the day. No strategy involved.

And shoot multiple deer before they run.
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