Good idea setting up the trailcam on the gutpile Bill. I wondered how deer reacted to them. Looks like they're pretty curious. I know people who'll drag a deer all the way back to camp to gut them to keep from "spoiling" the area. I've always gutted them where they drop and it never seemed to matter to the deer. They usually don't last very long anyway. Nice pics!
I did move the deer from where I shot it, with the 4 wheeler....to the corner of the land, but as you said it doesn't look like it mattered. I've been getting plenty of pic's of deer at the feeders....just was hoping on some pic's of some preditors in the area.....it went 10 days with no pic's, then I had these few...
I've never bought into the gut pile will run off the deer theory. But then again, I don't kill Boone and Crocket record deer either.:blush: Anyway I've had deer come right up on me whiledressing a deer and I've shot deer the next day right whereI shot and dressed a deer the day before. I'm sure if there was a pack of wolves over the pile it would be different but I don't think coyotes bother adult deer too much. My .02
After seeing these pic's on my camera, I'm going to gut the deer where I have a good shot from one of my stands. I now don't think it makes any difference either ( was unsure till these pic's) then maybe I will get a shot at either deer or something else eating at the pile.:toast..thanks for your input....
David Ridenour (10/24/2007)I've never bought into the gut pile will run off the deer theory. But then again, I don't kill Boone and Crocket record deer either.:blush: Anyway I've had deer come right up on me whiledressing a deer and I've shot deer the next day right whereI shot and dressed a deer the day before. I'm sure if there was a pack of wolves over the pile it would be different but I don't think coyotes bother adult deer too much. My .02
Couldn't agree more! It's just like the guys who won't piss in the deer woods! A deer doesn't know that what he's smelling is human piss any more than I can smell the ground and go "Yep, Mick, that there's a deer piss!" All they can tell iswhat they're interested in: is it a doe in heat or a dude about to whoop my ass? Other than that, all it will do is peak curiosity. And once it's there long enough to where it doesn't surprise them, it won't even do that. Plus deer are starting to get like squirrels: we'll all be shooting them in our backyards if they don't fix the management process everywhere in the U.S., not just a few select areas (aka kill a doe for God's sake!)
A buddy of mine shot a small buck out west a several years ago. He killed it on a well traveled route used by a small herd that were feeding in an alfalfa field. The deer was gutted where it fell. The next day we came back and the coyotes had cleaned up the pile. As the herd was returning to there beddown area, we watched two does go over and lick the ground where the buck had lain the day before. Go figure.
Deer are curious. I've seen does come up and lick the blood on the ground where another deer was standing seconds before being arrowed. I also used to rifle hunt clear cuts and usually dropped the guts where I shot them. With that said, I've killed several deer standing over gut piles of deer killed only a few hours before, but never thought about trying it in the woods. Thanks for the wake up call...:bowdown
Does anyone have any experience hunting Georgia public land? I’ve spent some time hunting ft. Benning, and may resort back to that. Just curios to hear of other people’s successes or failures in the west central Georgia area.