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Squirrels while deer hunting....when you see them, do you see deer? I never do. Ever. But when I see raccoons, the deer usually aren't far behind. Whatcha think?

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from mesarich wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I have seen deer and squirrels at the same time, as for the raccoons not so much.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I've seen both squirrels and raccoons with deer. Since squirrels and deer both favor acorns and nuts, if i'm seeing squirrels i figure i ought to see deer too.

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from country road wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Never noticed any correlatio between deer and squirrels or coons, but I've definitely observed that if I see a rabbit in the evening before the deer start to move that it's seldom that I see any deer. I've seen this happen so many times over the years that I'm tempted to quit and go home if a bunny goes hopping across the field, but I always hang in there and see a deer every once in a while.

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from country road wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

correlation----dang it, I always see the error just as I push the submit button.

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from huntnow wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

That is a very strange coincidence. Rabbits, coons, squirrels, what the heck?

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

my woods are loaded with squirrles, my thing is i always see deer when the turkeys come through.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

My woods are also loaded with squirrles and turkey
but then the foxes or yotes come out and the deer
leave, and the morning hunt is over.

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from Kenton wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

We've got trail cam pictures of coons and deer hitting the mineral blocks and the same time... Never noticed anything that would lead me to believe their activities are tied together..

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I don't beleive you will find that their activities are tied together. They do share some food resources and that is where your link may exist.

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from JettPack wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Maybe I just hunt around a careless family of squirrels that the deer don't trust! The squirrels here are just so loud bouncing around the woods that the deer want to be nowhere near them. I'm reminded of a painting by one of the great whitetail artists (Hayden Lambson...maybe) called Tattle Tale. It's of a sneaky deer looking up at a squirrel making noise. The squirrel had attracted attention.
Conversely, I have watched raccoons feed with the deer often. Once, I had a raccoon come out and a few minutes later, it climbed a tree 15 yards in front of me, stopped right at eye level. It watched the whole time as deer came in to feed. Last year, I even had a raccoon climb the tree I was in, just before a group of deer arrived! That was a little too close for comfort though!

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from boilerup53 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I see them all together very often as well. My issue is when a squirrel or other animal is mad that you are there, and busts you with chirps or squawks. Then I never see deer.

In fact I often times enjoy squirrels in the area because their noise on the ground can help with calling, I think.

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from seggiejc wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

you might be on to something with deer and squirrels, where I hunt I see a ton of squirrels all afternoon and in mid mornings, I rarely will see deer, this year I saw a ton of squirrels every afternoon and I never saw a deer on any day that I hunted, maybe I need to do some squirrel hunting next year, how long is squirrel hunting go in WI??

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from mesarich wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I have seen deer and squirrels at the same time, as for the raccoons not so much.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I've seen both squirrels and raccoons with deer. Since squirrels and deer both favor acorns and nuts, if i'm seeing squirrels i figure i ought to see deer too.

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from country road wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

Never noticed any correlatio between deer and squirrels or coons, but I've definitely observed that if I see a rabbit in the evening before the deer start to move that it's seldom that I see any deer. I've seen this happen so many times over the years that I'm tempted to quit and go home if a bunny goes hopping across the field, but I always hang in there and see a deer every once in a while.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

my woods are loaded with squirrles, my thing is i always see deer when the turkeys come through.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

My woods are also loaded with squirrles and turkey
but then the foxes or yotes come out and the deer
leave, and the morning hunt is over.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I don't beleive you will find that their activities are tied together. They do share some food resources and that is where your link may exist.

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from country road wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

correlation----dang it, I always see the error just as I push the submit button.

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from huntnow wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

That is a very strange coincidence. Rabbits, coons, squirrels, what the heck?

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from Kenton wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

We've got trail cam pictures of coons and deer hitting the mineral blocks and the same time... Never noticed anything that would lead me to believe their activities are tied together..

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from JettPack wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Maybe I just hunt around a careless family of squirrels that the deer don't trust! The squirrels here are just so loud bouncing around the woods that the deer want to be nowhere near them. I'm reminded of a painting by one of the great whitetail artists (Hayden Lambson...maybe) called Tattle Tale. It's of a sneaky deer looking up at a squirrel making noise. The squirrel had attracted attention.
Conversely, I have watched raccoons feed with the deer often. Once, I had a raccoon come out and a few minutes later, it climbed a tree 15 yards in front of me, stopped right at eye level. It watched the whole time as deer came in to feed. Last year, I even had a raccoon climb the tree I was in, just before a group of deer arrived! That was a little too close for comfort though!

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from boilerup53 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I see them all together very often as well. My issue is when a squirrel or other animal is mad that you are there, and busts you with chirps or squawks. Then I never see deer.

In fact I often times enjoy squirrels in the area because their noise on the ground can help with calling, I think.

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from seggiejc wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

you might be on to something with deer and squirrels, where I hunt I see a ton of squirrels all afternoon and in mid mornings, I rarely will see deer, this year I saw a ton of squirrels every afternoon and I never saw a deer on any day that I hunted, maybe I need to do some squirrel hunting next year, how long is squirrel hunting go in WI??

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