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I need to know why I am not seeing any deer before dark, the place is loaded with deer! There are sign of deer every place you look. I use scent control products and play the wind. Someone please tell me why I have not seen 1 deer and I have hunted morning & afternoon? I need some help!

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from PAShooter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Seems like the deer in that area are nocturnal. They should move in the day in the rut. Full rut is a couple of weeks away in my area.

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from scbowhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Thanks! I think you are right, I was hoping I would get some movement.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Move your stand closer to the feeding areas for an evening hunt.

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from gautrey wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

One thing I would recomened is that you have some trail cams put out. If the picts are during the night time hours then they have gone nocturnal. If they are seen during the day time then they have figured out your rutine and know when to leave and come back. You can try staying out all day for a few days and see what happens. I have had a similar problem happen to me and staying out all day seemed to work. Also try to come into your stand from a different direction. Deer will often watch you coming and going. Also be sure to watch and see if anyone else is hunting near by. I`m not sure weather you are hunting private or public land but extra movement will keep deer nocturnal as well.

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from huntnow wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Deer are creatures of habit. You need to find out where they are coming from when they get to your stand area and move closer to that location.

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from gman3186 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

if your hunting a field try getting in the woods a catch them before it gets dark

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from scbowhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

thanks for all the help. Bio Guy your answer helps a lot. I did my scouting this summer. Saw deer almost every time I went. I wish I had trail cameras. I know these can give you lots of info on time of deer passing. I appreciate all of you taking time to give me help. I will take all into consideration!

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from Big Tackle wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

There are a couple things to think about. I would agree, with a comment earlier. Set out a camera or two and see if they are truly moving at night. If it is an area where they have to focus their best intentions due to human activity it could be just that. Secondly, are you on main trails that the deer use? If you hunt morning, lunch and afternoon, you should see something sooner or later if you put your time in. If you don't, you might be on coon trails. Third, are you calling and rattling? Are you using proper cover scents? What are you adding to the equation that may not be appropriate? I have found that deer hunting and duck hunting, sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Just sit and wait. If you seem to have executed all of your options with those tactics, then I would assume these deer have been continuously pressured and you need to invest more time. I hunt public land in Wisconsin and if a couple of days go by without seeing something, I tend to still hunt, even with a bow. You will sooner or later discover what you were missing. (assuming you are hunting 50+ acres.) Of it's less than that you might be in a spot that is avoided like a speed trap.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

They may have patterned you just like you're trying to pattern them. Too much pressure and they go nocturnal quickly, those old does are not stupid.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Move your stand closer to the feeding areas for an evening hunt.

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from Big Tackle wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

There are a couple things to think about. I would agree, with a comment earlier. Set out a camera or two and see if they are truly moving at night. If it is an area where they have to focus their best intentions due to human activity it could be just that. Secondly, are you on main trails that the deer use? If you hunt morning, lunch and afternoon, you should see something sooner or later if you put your time in. If you don't, you might be on coon trails. Third, are you calling and rattling? Are you using proper cover scents? What are you adding to the equation that may not be appropriate? I have found that deer hunting and duck hunting, sometimes the best thing to do is nothing. Just sit and wait. If you seem to have executed all of your options with those tactics, then I would assume these deer have been continuously pressured and you need to invest more time. I hunt public land in Wisconsin and if a couple of days go by without seeing something, I tend to still hunt, even with a bow. You will sooner or later discover what you were missing. (assuming you are hunting 50+ acres.) Of it's less than that you might be in a spot that is avoided like a speed trap.

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from PAShooter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Seems like the deer in that area are nocturnal. They should move in the day in the rut. Full rut is a couple of weeks away in my area.

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from gautrey wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

One thing I would recomened is that you have some trail cams put out. If the picts are during the night time hours then they have gone nocturnal. If they are seen during the day time then they have figured out your rutine and know when to leave and come back. You can try staying out all day for a few days and see what happens. I have had a similar problem happen to me and staying out all day seemed to work. Also try to come into your stand from a different direction. Deer will often watch you coming and going. Also be sure to watch and see if anyone else is hunting near by. I`m not sure weather you are hunting private or public land but extra movement will keep deer nocturnal as well.

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from huntnow wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Deer are creatures of habit. You need to find out where they are coming from when they get to your stand area and move closer to that location.

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from gman3186 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

if your hunting a field try getting in the woods a catch them before it gets dark

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from scbowhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

Thanks! I think you are right, I was hoping I would get some movement.

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from scbowhunter wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

thanks for all the help. Bio Guy your answer helps a lot. I did my scouting this summer. Saw deer almost every time I went. I wish I had trail cameras. I know these can give you lots of info on time of deer passing. I appreciate all of you taking time to give me help. I will take all into consideration!

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from 007 wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

They may have patterned you just like you're trying to pattern them. Too much pressure and they go nocturnal quickly, those old does are not stupid.

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