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Swimming Deer, ever see a Deer Swim?

Old 11-16-2006, 11:42 AM
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Who has seen them do it and do they swim on a regular basis? I hunt an area that has alot of old mining pits, usually only about 80-100 feet wide. There are many tracks along the edges of these pits and although I have never seen one swim, I have heard others say they have seen them swim and have shot deer soaking wet close to pits, must have just swam the pit. Do you thinkdeer swim on a regular basis as part of their trail system?
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:46 AM
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I hunt public land that is split by a rather large river. The deer go back and forth across the river on a regular basis. I have seen them swimming across it all the time.
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:46 AM
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Every year, they are great swimmers. land along a river
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:47 AM
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They are awesome swimmers!! I seen one swim across a pond a couple years ago. My buddy saw one in the middle of a lake while he was bass fishing. I don't think it's part of their normal routine, probably as a last resort when spooked.
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:49 AM
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They swim across the Ohio River all the time.
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:53 AM
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This whole 80 x 50 mile archipelago has been populated by deer that were originally introduced on a little offshore island. When several deer were seen to have established themselves on the main island (Kodiak) a few more were brought in (twelve total deer). Now they stretch from one end of the island chain to the other. They swim all over the place here.
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:11 PM
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Default RE: Swimming Deer, ever see a Deer Swim?

Do you think they are reluctant at all about swimming, I was really wondering if swimming small bodies of water could be part of their trail system, something they do nearly everyday, do you think water temperature has anything to do with it? Do they still swim with water temps in the mid 30's?
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:14 PM
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I think they swim (when their area/terrain call for it) all the time. I know there's a law against harvesting deer in a certain depth of water.....so I'd say it was pretty common for them to be IN said water!

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Old 11-16-2006, 12:15 PM
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http://www.outdoorsweekly.com/trail.html

Look about halfway dow the page...... nive buck in the some
cold water!
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:21 PM
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This one went for a swim,, right after it took a 30-30 round![:@]


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