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Question by dillonrobbins. Uploaded on November 14, 2010
If it sounds like a bull Elk its a squirrel or armadillo, you will smell a buck in rut be for you see him, doe sound like leaves moveing in the wind.
The sound of leaves rustling is a usually a squirrel. Most deer don't make any sound as they travel through the forest. Occassionally, you will hear a twig snap with a buck as the antlers catch a branch. You can hear deer running with the sound of crashing brush.
Here's what I basically listen for:
Blue jays will often belie an animal's presence whether it's turkey or deer. They will also fuss at squirrels, just not as loud and long.
Crows have a tendency to fuss at turkeys. Go on alert when crows sound off nearby.
Leaves rustling! It just means SOMETHING is in the leaves. I heard a bunch of hogs, seven cows and one deer in the same leaves yesterday. The only difference was there was only one deer and it made less noise!
I've watched as a deer moved silently through leaves that sounded like walking in "Post Toasties"! They can slip them little pointy feets through without a sound.
I have on occasion, heard a grunt!
I've heard a hoof "tic" on a down log!
If you hear a noise out of the norm for "quiet" woods, perk up! You never know!
Good luck and good hunting!
heres how I tell the difereance, I look. the sounds are so increadably similar that the time you dont look, it will be a nice deer, not a squirrel.
squirrels make more shuffling noises. deer will take 4 steps then wait and listen for a while, the 7 steps etc. (no real pattern) remember deer have small hoves and have little contact with the ground.
Steady continuous steps for 10+ seconds = Deer unless its a squirrel. Deer can be very loud or absolutely silent. I also listen for snapping twigs with the footsteps for deer.
Squirrels tend to scamper in brief bursts of movement and make ALOT of noise. Deer tend to pick their way through the leaves making minimal noise and taking several continuous steps before pausing.
What tends to throw me off are the raccoons - they also walk steadily like a deer but are tend to be noiser and usually don't pause to look around as often as a deer.
typically when i hear deer walk and crunch leaves its sounds like 2 quick steps, then a fast pause, then another 2 steps. front foot back foot pause, front foot back foot pause....squirrles rustle leaves and scamper...just spend enough time in the woods and u can tell whats coming just by the sounds they make.
scratchgolf72 has it right as well as the others. It took me a lot of field time and observation to learn differences. Deer can be so elusive so pay attention to even small sounds. Usually if it's a lot of noise it means multiple animals. Can't tell you the number of times I've stalked up on birds...
Bubba is right. All animals make noise when moving through the woods. I have heard a deer come through the brush and sound like a freight train. I have also only seen deer coming out of the brush without making a sound. It just depends on the deer, the day, and the surroundings. Drink some 5 hour energy and stay awake; bring some magazines with you (or a PSP/DS ) if you tend to fall asleep out on stand.
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