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neb
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cattle and deer

How does cattle effect deer in the same area. Will the deer put up with the cattle. If cattle are moved out will the deer come back in the area. Any info helpfull.

Vexilar
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I don't think that it matters a whole lot to the deer. I have seen lots of big bucks hiding in coulees where there is cattle. It seems like the older bucks know that you cannot shoot at them with the cattle around. I have also known people who bow hunt in pastures with cattle and have good sucess.

eyehunter
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Joined: Saturday, April 27, 2002 - 12:00am

All I can say is get the cattle out. I don't think the deer like the cattle to well. And if the cattle are in there now, they will come back when the cattle are gone

neb
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Thanks for the reply. I really don't know for sure but I think the deer hate the cattle being around. Like you said some have had good luck with cattle around. I have been told both ways so maybe there will be some more suggestions on it.

rutbuster
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I've had people tell me deer avoid cattle and will stay out of the wooded draws and such,,,,

but I don't believe that ,,,Of all my years of deer hunting,,,,

cows or no cows the deer are hanging out in the coulees,,

I have not seen this to matter much at all

heck many years ago my dad had to wait for a whitetail buck to seperate from the cows so he could get the shot at him,,,,

the buck was standing right with the herd

hilt
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for several years down by canton SD there was a sitka blacktail deer in with a herd of cattle he'd go right up the chute onto the truck with them when they moved from pasture to pasture.. that was 3 or 4 years ago

Deermeister
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Joined: Friday, April 16, 2004 - 12:00am

We have seen that the cattle do affect the deer a little bit in our coulee/pasture. They come back when the cattle are gone. The thing I don't like about the cattle is that they trample/eat all the cover. The bushes are bare by the time they get out. All the grass is short as heck, which I think taller grass holds more deer.

TW
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Joined: Tuesday, February 5, 2002 - 12:00am

If the deer have a choice they will avoid being around cattle. When the cows move into one section of the pasture, the deer will move to another providing there is similar habitat for them. Late in the year and through winter deer will move in and eat right beside cows but usually they are out of other options at that point. TW

dirty
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Joined: Tuesday, April 5, 2005 - 4:28pm

It's not that deer fear cattle or avoid them, but cattle can quickly destroy deer habitat and that will drive the deer out. We have prime deer habitat on our land. Several miles of creek bottom land surrounded by wheat and corn fields. Deer will be everywhere when we are setting up our stands in July and August. However, my grandpa turns cattle loose from September to October and they trample every single blade of grass inside and outside the woods until nothing is left but a thousand piles of cowsh!t. You will not see a deer for miles until about a week or two after the cattle are taken out. Slowly the deer move back in but they are never as thick as they were before the cattle destroyed all the undergrowth.

rutbuster
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Joined: Thursday, December 4, 2003 - 12:00am

that is true ,, the cattle do raise a lot of heck in the brush , or draws,,

especially if the summer and early fall theres a lot of hot weather,,,
then the cattle live in the shade and around water holes ,,,

during the day,,,, but I guess I have not notice it bother the deer much,,, thats my .2 cents

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Joined: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 9:42am

Walked around in a pasture for 2 hours yesterday looking for a good spot for my stand and camera and kicked up 4 deer. This pasture had cattle in it.


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