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Old 10-20-2021, 09:11 AM
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Me and a friend of mine hunt on a sportsman's club. Often year round there are people shooting shotguns. the deer hear it all the time. How much does this spook the deer during Archery season? There is no firearm hunting for a while.

If someone is shooting a shotgun well we hunt, would this spook the deer. considering they are only being hunted with bows and arrows, obviously, during firearms season it would be different.
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Old 10-20-2021, 02:42 PM
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There is a good chance the gin fire would bother the deer. Why would you continue to hunt deer where this noise was going on?
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Old 10-20-2021, 03:37 PM
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you seem to have a lot of worries about things, on this property
maybe find some place new
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Old 10-21-2021, 05:26 AM
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If the gunfire is constant year-round there is little chance the Deer are spooked. Some of the best hunting I've had was on military gun ranges. After a while, even artillery fire doesn't spook them. Camp Pendelton tags are some of the best you'll find for Mule Deer in California. World-class Red Deer are to be found in the Grafenwoehr military training area. I've watched them stroll through artillery impact areas.
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Old 10-21-2021, 05:40 AM
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We've hold dove shoots on our deer lease - Doesn't seem to effect the deer hunts.
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Old 10-21-2021, 05:44 AM
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You do seem to worry about the deer allot. For the most part deer are not bothered by what's going on around them. Fourwheelers, tractors, shooting, hikers, cars, it's all a part of their natural world to them.

Set a stand up in their bedroom and they know.

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Old 10-23-2021, 09:19 AM
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IMO it is all about what they are used to. I've seen them feeding right next to a farm tractor working a field, forestry cutting trees down with chain saws going all day, feeding right next to a busy highway. New and unusual often spooks them. When jogging first became a thing many Deer would bolt in terror when a running person showed up, same with mountain bikes. They eventually got used to it. The downside to any new fad that takes people to the fields and forests, especially in the springtime, is the Doe get scared off the fawns and sometimes won't come back until nightfall, the fawn lays there all day hungry and thirsty.
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