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Jayhawker wrote: »
Sure it works...I've had deer and coyotes both get within touching distance while wearing a ghillie suit.
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The closest I have ever had a critter get without a clue was a momma coyote during my elk hunt with a buddy this past winter. The mom and her two pups were mousing in a field and got within about 75 yards. The wind was very light but still in our favor. I started mouse squeaking with my teeth and the mom coyote came charging in on a line immediately. She got about 1.5 yards away - I mean literally petting distance - and no clue what I was sitting in a field chair camoed up. She just stopped and stared at me, confused as could be, until she finally circled around behind me and my friend. Then she got a whiff high-tailed it out like these deer did here.
One evening right at dusk I had 5 or 6 coyotes file by in single file no more than 5 feet from me. I had on camo and was very still leaning against the trunk of a small tree, but I think it had more to do with the light or lack of it that they never let on they saw me, not a twitch. But also, best I can remember there was no wind, it was dead calm, so they didn't wind me, else they would have been in the next county before I could have blinked an eye.
Both deer and coyotes, and most game animals use a variety of senses for protection. Sight, Scent, Sound, all play into their staying out of harms way. And they're usually damn good at using them.
Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
Playing the wind is grossly underestimated by some hunters..............or in the case above, grossly overestimated.
I have had deer come up darn near that close. Damn shame I was goose hunting at the time and deer weren't in season. He was a nice looking buck too. I ended out talking to him. I said, "Dude! Dude! DUDE!!! I am right here!" It took him a second for it to register then he finally high tailed it. Before that, he didn't have a care in the world.
It was pretty cool.