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    How quiet should you be

    When i go stalking i am very quiet and carefull footsteps.When on a high seat no talking. But i was pigeon shooting and couldn't beleave my eyes when three roe came out in the next field 250 mtrs away.They stayed there even when we were shooting. When i go walking i see more deer than when iam stalking.Do you find you can be noisey and still see them.

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    In some woods were public access is heavy we always joke we would be better walking around in bright clothes and a wooly hat and panting heavily as if we were joggers !
    Norma

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    shot a fox followed by a doe ten minutes later in the same field, all about that 5% luck factor.....

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    It depends on the environment, where I walk my dogs, daily, I will probably see 5 - 10 other dog walkers, there is a large, noisy industrial estate to one side and a major road to the other. I will often see 2-3 roe that often just carry on about their business while keeping one eye on me & the dogs. If we get too close for comfort there off, otherwise they don't bother.
    On my stalking patch there is very restricted access, no footpaths, it's hard going & is in the middle of nothing so in a full weekend spent there I would be surprised if I saw another person, however the roe here are much more switched on, a crack of a twig and they stop what they are doing trying to home in on where the sound came from. Any movement at this stage and they're into cover like a shot.
    Wingy

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    I once spent a week on a really productive piece of ground in the highlands, I stalked twice a day for 5 days and saw one fleeting glimpse of a sika stag.

    On the last morning, I went out with my wife and two children brightly coloured rustly goretex. On that morning I could have shot at least three deer!

    On my home patch deer are not used to people, the least noise movement scent and they are gone. I can usually tell a new deer in the area as they seem to be less troubled by human presence/scent noise.

    Buy some gore-tex in bright red.

    H.

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    I have shot deer from a group and the others have never looked up. I have gone to retrieve carcasses and had deer standing watching me. I missed a buck a couple of years ago, my mate arrived I told him the tale, we finished off a flask and smoked some cigars, then I shot him (not my mate) as he wandered past in the opposite direction.

    I have been in a tower on level II with the AW smoking, taking a leak out of the tower, talking at full volume. I thought, "Oh aye, this looks like a way to get me back for another session". When I looked over his shoulder there were 6 fallow behind him. I had a buck infront of me once (not our field) and he was asleep. So I tried to wake him gently so he might wander over the boundary. Oh come on who hasn't? After an hour of trying, he got up, stretched and walked into a bush a lay down with me standing there virtually screaming at him. Yeah, dignified, I know.

    So am I quiet when I stalk? Bloomin right I am. It's all about shortning the odds the best that you can. I find it's generally not one trigger that sets them running. So a noise. Or a smell or a movement. But if they see you AND hear you, they're more likely to be off. So if you are quiet, and have the wind with you ......

    I have shot deer with the wind on my back. But, they haven't heard me or seen me.

    Chris

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    I watched a group of 12 Fallow walk calmly past a couple of gas guns this morning, and that was after shooting one of them!

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    As Richard Prior says "they watch us 24/7 we watch them a few minutes a week !"
    I personally think a heavy footfall causes vibrations in the ground which they seem to pick up on.
    interestingly on Sunday AM in all that wind I did my round on one of the farms and wandered rather carelessly up to a bale 80 yds from three rabbits they departed quickly only when I allowed the Scope covers to click up even in that wind a sharper than normal noise carried to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris J View Post
    I have shot deer from a group and the others have never looked up. I have gone to retrieve carcasses and had deer standing watching me. I missed a buck a couple of years ago, my mate arrived I told him the tale, we finished off a flask and smoked some cigars, then I shot him (not my mate) as he wandered past in the opposite direction.

    I have been in a tower on level II with the AW smoking, taking a leak out of the tower, talking at full volume. I thought, "Oh aye, this looks like a way to get me back for another session". When I looked over his shoulder there were 6 fallow behind him. I had a buck infront of me once (not our field) and he was asleep. So I tried to wake him gently so he might wander over the boundary. Oh come on who hasn't? After an hour of trying, he got up, stretched and walked into a bush a lay down with me standing there virtually screaming at him. Yeah, dignified, I know.

    So am I quiet when I stalk? Bloomin right I am. It's all about shortning the odds the best that you can. I find it's generally not one trigger that sets them running. So a noise. Or a smell or a movement. But if they see you AND hear you, they're more likely to be off. So if you are quiet, and have the wind with you ......

    I have shot deer with the wind on my back. But, they haven't heard me or seen me.

    Chris
    You say you were on a level two and the AW WAS ASLEEP I should report him to DMQ. Thats terrible name and shame. Did you get your level two.I can imagine your writeup . I seen some deer then tried to wake the aw and asked if i could shoot the deer over the boundry. regards woodfordfallow

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodfordfallow View Post
    You say you were on a level two and the AW WAS ASLEEP I should report him to DMQ. Thats terrible name and shame. Did you get your level two.I can imagine your writeup . I seen some deer then tried to wake the aw and asked if i could shoot the deer over the boundry. regards woodfordfallow
    hahaha speed reading always a bad idea...... the BUCK was asleep!!!!

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