View Full Version : Bothering deer hunters?

November 25, 2007, 05:03 AM
I'm not a big hunter, But a few times a year I like to take my 17hmr out and kill a couple rabbits. The small game season in Ct. overlaps the deer season though. And I'd hate spook a deer that someone has been freezing their but off in a stand for 5 hours to shoot. But it is state land and I am a hunter too. Now I can skip half my season and wait till their season ends. Or I can go out onto PUBLIC land and walk around looking for rabbits. But possibly ruin someone elses day. But if I'm sitting home and not hunting, than my day is ruined already. What do you think?

November 25, 2007, 05:53 AM
Go mid day. Usually deer are bedded down or browsing in thick cover. This will help push them around for other hunters who are probably cold and walking around anyway.

November 25, 2007, 10:17 AM
Wear orange.

Deer hunters sometimes just sit on their stands during lunch because they know that is a good time to have a spooked deer run across their field of fire. I got a deer three years ago in midmorning after she'd been stirred up by somebody running dogs beyond the ridge.

November 25, 2007, 07:14 PM
I would say go for it. Every legal hunter has a right. yes you may even "drive" a deer to a deer hunter. Buy a deer license and poke one in the head if your state allows using rimfire on them.

November 25, 2007, 07:32 PM
Hunting rabbits, you'll probably be hunting old fencerows, fields, edges and roadsides. Most deer hunters on public land are going to be in the woods. Like others said, wear orange, go mid-day and have fun.

BTW- There are usually some public lands that are bow-only or are small-game only. If you want to hunt dusk and dawn, check as see if there are any of these nearby.

November 27, 2007, 09:57 PM
Wow I was expecting more negative replies. Thanks, going in the morning, and yes by law I have to wear a lot of orange.

November 27, 2007, 10:22 PM
I don't mind sharing my hunting areas on public lands. Even if you don't deer hunt at least you are hunting something. I'll doubt that you will find very many negative replies when talking hunting with fellow hunters.