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    Quote Originally Posted by onelessarrow View Post
    Avoid the erect white tail and the flared tarsal glands as much as possible, especially if you're hunting the entire bow season on small properties or limited access.

    It's the view we've all seen many times, the white flag bounding away, but rarely mentioned is that there's an alarm/danger scent associated with a spooked deer that's hightailing it away from you.

    Sometimes it's impossible to prevent, but a lot of times it's not.
    Alert a deer hard enough and their tail and rump will flare up and their tarsal glands will swell, causing a smell that all deer downwind will associate with danger and any droplets that fall to the ground can linger for days.

    Have this occur in feeding or bedding areas over a couple of days in a row and most mature deer will all but vacate those areas during daylight hours. If your real unlucky they'll abandon those areas all together and find new sources.

    I look at my hunting spots this way.
    I figure it's a given that the most mature bucks in my area will immediately start reducing their daylight activity the minute they start smelling my scent that I'm leaving in all the places they like to visit.
    If I'm creating alarm scent along with my scent too often in areas I plan to hunt, I'll be just simply adding a lot more deer to that list and possibly making the dominant bucks completely nocturnal.

    Understanding the deer's body language and knowing how your body language forces a deer's response is paramount in preventing the unneeded smell of danger throughout your hunting area.
    Interesting-would you mind to share few tricks how to go about avoiding the alarm scent contamination happening?Appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbk View Post
    Interesting-would you mind to share few tricks how to go about avoiding the alarm scent contamination happening?Appreciate it.
    Simple dont alarm them...play the wind, dont take a shot at a deer that is in high alert, youre likely to miss and spook them and they will leave their alarm scent. Enter and exit your stands properly and at the right times. Stand placement is crucial. Dont stalk your way to your stand, deer pick up on this as hunting behavior, instead walk as if you were out for a walk and deer will just think youre a hiker and wont be alarmed. Coyotes and wolves stalk deer by moving and stopping then moving again and stopping, so they know what a predator in their area sounds like. Walk straight to your stand as quietly but not stopping and looking around just straight to your stand. If a deer heard you walking, within 30mins of silence they will assume you left or youre not dangerous and wont be worried.

    If a deer sees you but can't smell you, its not that bad but if they see you and smell you, youre likely getting a snort and they will leave on high alert. That scent can linger for days and other deer will not come near for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deer Wrastler View Post
    Simple dont alarm them...play the wind, dont take a shot at a deer that is in high alert, youre likely to miss and spook them and they will leave their alarm scent. Enter and exit your stands properly and at the right times. Stand placement is crucial. Dont stalk your way to your stand, deer pick up on this as hunting behavior, instead walk as if you were out for a walk and deer will just think youre a hiker and wont be alarmed. Coyotes and wolves stalk deer by moving and stopping then moving again and stopping, so they know what a predator in their area sounds like. Walk straight to your stand as quietly but not stopping and looking around just straight to your stand. If a deer heard you walking, within 30mins of silence they will assume you left or youre not dangerous and wont be worried.

    If a deer sees you but can't smell you, its not that bad but if they see you and smell you, youre likely getting a snort and they will leave on high alert. That scent can linger for days and other deer will not come near for a while.
    Thank You Deer Wrestler for the feedback-pretty much what you say is clear .
    However Onelesarrow started a topic with different area of deer hunt i am not familiar with,so i am curious in that ,as a novelty .

    I look at my hunting spots this way.
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    figure it's a given that the most mature bucks in my area will immediately start reducing their daylight activity the minute they start smelling my scent that I'm leaving in all the places they like to visit.
    If I'm creating alarm scent along with my scent too often in areas I plan to hunt, I'll be just simply adding a lot more deer to that list and possibly making the dominant bucks completely nocturnal.
    Understanding the deer's body language and knowing how your body language forces a deer's response is paramount in preventing the unneeded smell of danger throughout your hunting area.

    Appreciate your help.
    Last edited by gbk; September 15th, 2020 at 07:51 PM.

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    don the big blue snowmobile suit.
    its downright embarassing but for some stupid reason the deer walk right up to me when i'm wearing it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkrockerpj View Post
    don the big blue snowmobile suit.
    its downright embarassing but for some stupid reason the deer walk right up to me when i'm wearing it...
    Amish pants works here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkrockerpj View Post
    don the big blue snowmobile suit.
    its downright embarassing but for some stupid reason the deer walk right up to me when i'm wearing it...
    Blue is the one colour deer see well, not a good color to wear into the bush, especially if youre after older deer.

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    DW touched on a few good tips.
    I'll repeat that it's impossible to always prevent it. But with small properties it pays to do what you can to avoid it. Some simple things to do, don't be walking around during prime time, dusk and dawn. Wait til it's dark to leave. It's not a coincidence that deer tend to run the second you start to walk again after stopping for a minute sneaking into your stand. It's Body language.
    I'm a firm believer that deer won't run if they think they don't have to. Your body language is what they're immediately basing their decision on. When I'm still hunting or walking to my stand and I have a situation where I encounter a deer and there's that moment of time where we both lock eyes and realize we've been spotted, if the deer is outside of bow range, it's over. You have nothing to loose by immediately changing course, preferably the direction you came. It works.
    Worst case scenario they don't run far with their tail up. Best case scenario you can reevaluate the situation and make a plan.
    I have a mounted 10 pointer that I killed in his bed after we head postured to lock eyes at about 100yards, l immediately turned the opposite direction and headed over the closest knoll. I laid there for at least 15 minutes, then crawled back up the knoll to see him still laying there watching my direction. I marked a specific birch that he was laying beside, swung way around and crawled to 30 yards of that tree for a clean neck shot.
    Cover is probably the biggest determining factor outside of your body language that determines whether they hightail it out of there or dip down and let you go by.
    Swatting a fly off your ear is a universal symbol for calmness in animals, try it sometime when you're turning to walk away, look back as you're walking away and see their reaction.
    Last edited by onelessarrow; September 16th, 2020 at 01:51 PM.
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    Thanx Onelessarrow-appreciate your feedback.Good points to remember.

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    Leave the bow at home and take the .22 out to shoot some squirrels. That's when I see my deer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kooka View Post
    Leave the bow at home and take the .22 out to shoot some squirrels. That's when I see my deer!
    Me, it's when I'm out back with the chainsaw
    Arte et marte (By Skill and by Fighting)...The RCEME motto

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