Interesting on your squirrels disappearing when a deer walks in...mine pay zero attention to a deer...For me, it’s a couple of things. Most of the time, the squirrels disappear. That’s usually a tip for me something is in the area. I also don’t look for deer.. I kind of stare into a section of woods and just wait for movement and then Identify was it is. Sound is always good but that comes with time. Walking with sticks breaking for me is key indication that it’s something more than a little rodent, most of the time. Just be aware of any animal behavior that isn’t normal. Blue jays, crows, grouse. There always seems to be a deer following a flock of turkeys too. Usually nothing big though. I don’t know if they use it for security or what the deal is there.
I also try to visualize when I get to the stand. Deer walking in, Will that be like, what’s the shot. Mentally just go through the motions to be prepared and execute. I’ve failed on some pretty big bucks because of not doing it and being unprepared.
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Interesting on your squirrels disappearing when a deer walks in...mine pay zero attention to a deer...