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So after lugging food all winter to deer, planting another food plot which I said I would not do, I had deer up until April then gone. Had trail cams out during the summer, nothing. The strange thing is even no bears to speak off. I have my best site baited now for 5 weeks which there is no deer, no bears, birds, etc. I find this very very odd with feeding them through the winter and all, putting in a food plot. I am hearing the same from many in my area. It seems to be weird. I have hunted close to 5 weeks now, dismal. Its been a banner year for wild apples. Too much food? What are people seeing?
Your not alone! Everyone we have spoken too has had the same, no sign hardly at all. Lots of food out there for them, it has been a bumper year for wild apples, nuts, mushrooms .................
 

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It s the same here. Over 500 pounds of apples out at my buds stands, beet tops , chard you name it and not even a doe or a track anywhere
But five watch me every day in the garden as they did all summer. Those normally vanish by now but not this year
Also none at my honey crisp trees in the yard which are full of apples and normally they are here this time of year daily eating them
IMO too warm at least here and they are still in their summer ranges and food everywhere still so they don't have to go to food plots or bait piles
I checked my book and I put the straw last year on my garlic Oct 28th the day after the first snow :( for comparison
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It has been a bumper year for wild stuff for them, they don't need to visit bait piles, just yet. They will!!
 

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Agree. How was the garden this year
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The garden has done super well this year Joe, I was even still picking tomatoes up until this weather moved in. The potatoes not so well, but most other stuff really thrived. How did you get on? We never did make it your way again :(
 

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Well the strange took a turn for the strange. Yesterday morning 5 does at the bait pile. Yesterday evening the same five does followed by a black doe with a party of seven. At one point last night 13 does ate off my bait pile, thats a lot of friggin legs. Standing room only. Not one horn on any head. Thats crazy.
I think they have suddenly found the bait piles, we had 6 does at one site and 3 at another!! No bucks seen at all this year, seems to be a great deal of does here but no bucks.
 

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So far since the start of muzzle season I am only home 3 hours each day. I don't think I can put much more time in unless I sleep in the blind. There is a very crafty deer following the does but will not show himself. He called a few away tonight but I stayed way beyond and no sign of him. Had 8 does come in tonight. I know the bugger is there, me thinking he has had a taste of hunting before and did not like it.
The boys will show up, eventually! We filled our doe tag two weeks ago so we have time and patience. Good luck, I hope that crafty one screws up and shows himself.
 

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Strange and sad. Yesterday at around 3:30 a partridge flew into the bait pile. After about 5 minutes the partridge is scared by something and I see black coming. Figuring its my porcupine friend I waited instead to see a very small baby bear. Late August there was a female with three really small cubs. This little fellow was on his own. After 15 minutes I decided to scare him off. Banged on the blind and hollered, off he ran. Two minutes later from the same path came 5 does. They ate for a few minutes then they got scared as a 4 point came into the site. Of they run. The four point weighed about 90lbs. He ate for 5 minutes then left the way he came. A few minutes later out come the baby bear again, stealing carrots and running back into the woods. A few minutes later he is scared back into the woods by a doe. The doe eats, and behind her is a two point. A few minutes later back comes the baby bear scaring both deer away again. I left with the little fellow curled up between two trees next to the bait pile. This could be problematic. Sad, but it looks like mom and siblings no longer exist. This little fellows faith is not looking good. I left him on the pile because he deserves a chance, no matter how slim it be. Might have to fill my blind with straw.
That is so sad, poor little thing. At least you have given that bear a meal or two, good for you. A bear at a deer bait site is not good, and in this case I would do the exact same thing, he or she needs a chance. On the deer front, not much has happened since the surprise doe we took a couple of weeks back. General season has been quiet the last couple of years but this year it is like the wild west around our neck of the woods. Shots and atv's everywhere.
 

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Well I have topped over 100 doe sightings in the past 5 weeks, two small bucks in a zone that's bucks only? Maybe its time DNR to at least have both sexes.
I totally agree, it is funny you should mention it as hubby and I noted the other day that many folks are seeing loads of does and not many bucks here (Zone 103) We are also buck only. I think DNR need to change to both sexes. Lately our cams have shown all does, not one single buck. That is worrying.
 

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I’m finding just the opposite in zone 102. Lots of bucks … but not many does to speak of. Pics of 5 different bucks and only 2 does. I was getting lots of pics … then things went dry … now starting to pick up a bit. The two big ones have yet to show their faces in the daylight. I could have shot a 5 pointer, and a spike … but they get a pass this year and probably next year …
Maybe the 'OK Coral' bunch here around Chelsea have shot all the bucks!! It is doe crazy here.
 

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Yes sir it cuts at ones heart for sure. Most will say trying to help only makes it worse
Me I don't know. Squirrels here with the greenhouses drive me crazy using them for the winter and making nests even in the furnaces and even cause a fire one year
At one time I used rats traps now I use live traps and drop them off at my brothers driveway LOL
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Hopefully not a hunter, anyone who takes animals with young should be ashamed of themselves, it is so very wrong. But, we also know nature can be cruel, in fact brutal. It is hard to see animals suffer, knowing that they will likely perish. And, Joe, what you mean is as you get older you become softer and value life more, hence why it is easier to let things loose elsewhere rather than terminate them. I find it harder every year to process our chickens, in fact it plays on my mind days prior. It happens to the best of us.
 
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