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    A good friend of mine shot a nice forky about 20 yards from the gut pile out of my deer from the day before on one hunt. I thought my horses would spook one year when they had to pack out a bear and buck I shot on a pack trip. I guess rodeo horses don't worry about stuff after a few years. All they did was look at me like...at least we don't have to haul your fat butt out this time....LOL
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    I have hunted the same areas for 20 years, and other than dead cattle, have never had a deer spook, or avoid anything dead. Shot a bobcat early one morning, and shot a deer within 10 yards of the bobcat about 30 minutes later. The bobcat was still laying there. I do think in areas with alot of predators (coyotes, bobcat, etc.), deer will avoid gut piles and dead things for a day or two, just to stay away from the predators. Just makes good survival sense. One thing I like to do after a deer harvest is to go back the next morning and hunt coyotes over the gut pile. Taken several coyotes with my bow that way. Always good to keep the predators thinned out.
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    You must be pretty crafty to get the jump on a coyote!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MLN1963 View Post
    You must be pretty crafty to get the jump on a coyote!
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