I'm a bowhunter and most of these pictures are BS. You'd have to have a
camo pattern for all types of weather and vegetation situations. The
manufacturer picks the best situation for his particular pattern. Fact
is that deer have poor eyesight. Break up your silhouette with any
pattern and don't move and they won't see you.
Poachers, trying to hide from the warden. If you want to sneak up on
deer, try not to fart, grow a mustache so they won't recognize your
face, leave your old CDs at home, and wear a color they can't see, like
Deer's sense of hearing and smell make up for poor eyesight.
Deer are pests around my house. Winter is worst as they will eat most
plants. Bucks will rub the bark off a tree with their antlers but
usually don't eat bark. Rabbits will and often eat bark off small trees
that are deep in snow. Wrap will solve rabbit problem.
And in fact they don't see orange. When I hunt public land, I wear coveralls similar to those,
and several times deer have looked right at me and have given no indication that they were
aware of my presence -- as long as I don't move.
> coveralls similar to those, and several times deer have looked right at
> me and have given no indication that they were aware of my presence --
> as long as I don't move.
You're over analyzing this.
I expect that the deer saw you perfectly well, but realized that you
weren't close enough to be any immediate threat to them. The deer don't
understand what a rifle is, so as long as you're far enough away that
they can escape if you approach them, they're not threatened by your
presence. It's the same with any wild animal. They're perfectly
content to see you keep your distance because as long as you're far
away, you're no threat to them.
When I lived in Vermont, I often saw deer as I went about my business,
until the day hunting season started. Then, I probably wouldn't see a
deer except far away, unless I sat still. In hunting season, they were
gone if they spotted my shape. Where humans spotted colors, deer saw
only shape and motion.
You're right. If a deer makes your presence it will normally run off
until it can no longer see you. When they are not threatened in areas
like parks they may just ignore you. When my chestnut trees are
dropping nuts, a few times I got within 20 feet of them yelling and had
to throw something to get them to leave.
Something else is that deer are familiar with their environment and if
something is out of place they won't go there. Heard of a hunter
putting a blind in a field where deer were traveling and did not
understand why deer did not come near him when they could not see him.
They saw the blind as a strange object and avoided it.
Doesn't work . The only thing I had any success with was a mix of milk ,
eggs , water , and some cayenne extract <soaked in some water> . I added
some fish emulsion too - apparently if you keep this stuff on the trees the
protein smells will keep them from eating it because they don't eat protein
. They still nearly killed my orchard , and may have killed one cherry and
my peach tree . This winter some wire cages are going up around them . With
holes too small for their noses to poke thru .
Poetic justice , one of the two marauders is now in my freezer ... hey , I
fed him all summer , it's only right !
I think eaten rather than rubbed because there very little or none lying
on the snow. When the snow melted, there was none on the ground.
There were deer tracks and dog tracks in the snow but no rabbit tracks.
There are no homeless dogs around here, they all get fed, so after some
thought, I've come to the conclusion it was a deer.
It was only damaged above the white coiled wrap, and for the rest of the
winter, I put a second one on above that. I took it off in the summer
to "let it breathe" but it still looks terrible. Still, winter is here
and I'll put it back on today.
(A couple days later, after the damage, I looked out the back 2nd floor
window and saw a dog running around my back yard, in the snow, but he
didnt' go near the tree, and this was before the wrapping was added.
He was tried and acquitted of eating my bark.)
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