Ducks don't like deer.

NNNN Senior MemberPosts: 23,038 Senior Member
Yesterday I was out jumping ducks and saw a deer swimming
the creek. Doe or buck, I do not know because some of the bucks
start losing their antlers before the deer season ends on Jan first.

I saw a large group of ducks and started paddling into the area
with the deer swimming into the same area about 153 yds up
stream from me. The ducks started moving away from me,
then seemed to notice the deer and started moving away
from the deer back in my direction as if the deer was more of a
concern to them than I was.

All of that group of ducks got away from me as well as the deer.
I have a need for speed

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  • snake284-1snake284-1 Senior Member Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    I read an article about 40 years ago that said Ducks are drawn by dogs and cows. They will swim right up to both, or so the article said. But I guess Deer are a little more jumpy and probably scare them.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 6,818 Senior Member
    It's intersting how ducks behave under different circumstances and the presence of certain things. I have had them fly right at me while I was setting decoys before legal shooting light. I have also watched them buzz a dog while it was retrieving our kills as if nothing was wrong. But creep up slowly from the edge of a bank and let them catch the slightest movement and watch how fast they bail out of the water.
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  • KSU FirefighterKSU Firefighter Senior Member Posts: 3,236 Senior Member
    My brother and I were setting out our decoys one morning when we noticed a Blue Wing Teal sitting in the middle of the half of our decoys that were set out, quacking at the dekes. We both started edging towards the shotguns, when he quacked in decidedly angry manner, and flew out of there.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,038 Senior Member
    I once had a bluebill hen or a ringneck hen sit down in my decoys while I was
    paddling the boat around in the dekes picking them up. I tried shooing the duck
    along down stream to some nearby hunters and it would not leave until
    I picked up the last deke.

    KSU:
    I've had green wing teal do that and actually stay until I hid the boat and
    walked into the blind.
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  • snake284-1snake284-1 Senior Member Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    Ned, I don't think it's that ducks don't like deer, but being able to fly, they see deer getting shot from above and they just want to put distance between themselves and the deer for their own safety's sake...:roll2::roll2::roll2:
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,038 Senior Member
    They swim away from otters too.
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  • snake284-1snake284-1 Senior Member Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    They swim away from otters too.

    But they are somewhat attracked to dogs and cattle. I guess because nobody is trying to shoot or trap dogs and cows...:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,038 Senior Member
    Cows and dogs swimming toward them would bother them too.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,038 Senior Member
    Maybe you could swim up to them wearing a decoy on your
    head, tinfoil hat probably not.
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  • snake284-1snake284-1 Senior Member Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Cows and dogs swimming toward them would bother them too.

    I don't know. Once I read an article on this. The author claimed ducks would swim toward dogs or cattle. I then started noticing this. I have seen ducks swim toward cattle grazing on the bank, and I have noticed they don't get panicked when they see a dog in your decoy spread. AND, I have seen cattle grazing and moving right up to ducks in a pond. It doesn't seem to bother them.
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  • snake284-1snake284-1 Senior Member Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Maybe you could swim up to them wearing a decoy on your
    head, tinfoil hat probably not.

    No, I don't think the tin foil hat approach would work with ducks and geese. Something about the shiney metal I think. Have you tried Mouseketeer ears?
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