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#3015442 - 11/04/12 02:55 PM deer stomping and blowing?
r1100s
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this morning i sprayed buck bomb a few times and had a deer blow under the hill a time or two to my right upwind, then about 15 min later i had a deer agressivily blowing and stomping its feet really really agressively, it probaly was 50 to 75 yds away and i couldnt see it and it worked its way downwind while still blowing stomping etc. id grunt or bleat and it stomp more and keep blowing, finaly it quit and like a ghost never showed itself i found 3 nice rubs in the same area. now i have grunted in the past in ml season and had a little spike come right in stomping looking for a fight but this deer was smarter than that, and was HAMMERING the ground so why do they stomp like that?
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#3015446 - 11/04/12 02:57 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: r1100s]
BigD_625
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Usually have you spotted and trying to get you to move. I've seen alot more does do it than bucks.
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#3015479 - 11/04/12 03:30 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: BigD_625]
BACKWOODS BOY
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When they stomp (correct me if im wrong) but they have a scent gland in their hooves and they leave they scent as like a warning to other deer but I think deer mainly blow over and over and over and over again to just piss us off lol
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#3015490 - 11/04/12 03:44 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: BACKWOODS BOY]
OnceMoreIntoTheFray
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Agree with BigD usually tryin to get you to move. could have been a young buck actin aggressive unsure what to make of the situation.
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#3015505 - 11/04/12 03:59 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: BACKWOODS BOY]
dh1984
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i had that done to me yesterday by a few does. i could see them but couldn't get a clear shot on them because of a couple of small limbs.
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#3015690 - 11/04/12 06:13 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: r1100s]
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Mud Dauber
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 Originally Posted By: r1100s
so why do they stomp like that?



Because Buck Bomb (and it's commercial cousins) SUCKS. End of story.
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#3015725 - 11/04/12 06:29 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: Poser]
Carlos Viagra
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Haha! Sometimes it works though...
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#3015789 - 11/04/12 07:03 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: Carlos Viagra]
TNGunhunter
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Snort & Stomp = Knee Slap & Laugh!!
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#3016771 - 11/05/12 10:53 AM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: TNGunhunter]
Crosshairy
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In general, when I see them do it it's because they think "something's not right, but I'm not sure what it is".

If they are near you, then (as others have said), it usually means that they can see your stand/outline/face and think that you might be dangerous, but they aren't sure. Their tactic sometimes works - people will think "gotta make my move now or never!" and start raising their gun/bow. At this point, you confirm to the deer that you are alive and a potential threat, and they leave town.

I'd say about 10% of the time I've had deer that started off stomping/snorting calm down and relax. But the vast majority of the time, they will either slowly leave, or just hop up and run.

It's possible that it was human scent that alerted them, but it's just as likely (probably more likely) that the buck bomb got them alerted. Basic question to ask - "what is different compared to before".

The simplest answer is that there was a giant flume of odor floating around. They work sometimes, they don't others. It's a gamble, and it sounds like you lost. Better luck next time - it happens to all of us.
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#3022257 - 11/07/12 09:10 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: Crosshairy]
r1100s
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i didnt think about him potent, seeing me and trying to get me to move, had a stair down at 10yds last year with two small bucks, and we had a 5 to 10 min stomping/look away look right back contest trying to ,ake me move. one was a big spike, the other i thought was a doe but was a button. i ended up killing both of them that morning i believe due to buck bomb, they knew i wasnt quite correct, but were more interested in my scents i had hanging out. i think i was dealing with an animal with more human experience sunday though, it wasnt falling for it.
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#3022398 - 11/07/12 11:02 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: r1100s]
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Good time to pick up a rattle bag and call in another buck
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#3023063 - 11/08/12 10:48 AM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: Super8]
bowriter
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Hmmm.

I'm surprised so many hunters could get this completely wrong. Notice the next time that the stomping and blowing is much more frequent in colder weather.

What all that is, is the deer get cold feet very easily. They are stomping their feet and blowing on the front ones to warm them up. That is all that means. If you hear it warm weather, they have usually stepped in something and are trying to get it off and it has gotten them out of breath.

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#3023101 - 11/08/12 11:24 AM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: bowriter]
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LOL \:\)
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#3023142 - 11/08/12 12:03 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: Rut-N-Strut]
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It's been my experience that this almost always means "something isn't right...." They keep snorting like that using their nose trying to determine what that is and have almost always already seen something and are now are wanting to smell it to confirm what the eyes have already seen. They trust their nose more than their eyes.

As someone stated earlier they have a gland between their hooves on all 4 feet that puts off a strong musky odor that the deer use to communicate. This is one way they can tell how long it's been since a particular deer came thru an area.


Edited by TN24081 (11/08/12 12:07 PM)

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#3023161 - 11/08/12 12:13 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: TN24081]
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Deer blow when they smell or sense something odd or different to their environment. Deer also blow when they feel nervous and frightened. The interdigital gland is found between the toes of a deer. One gland between each toe, four glands per deer. Young fawns use this gland to help find their mother and bucks use them to track does during the breeding season. When you see or hear a deer stomping its hoof at you, it is leaving a danger scent to alert other deer that pass by that area.
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#3023182 - 11/08/12 12:28 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: high country]
woodsman87
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I think they are mainly just trying to make you move. It can work if your not ready for it or paying attention. when they stomp at close ranges it will make you "jump" or startle you enough to make you move,kinda like watching something scary on tv and something pops up and makes you just twitch.
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#3023267 - 11/08/12 01:21 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: woodsman87]
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Interdigital gland is correct, and they are simply giving a warning to other deer and trying to promp a movement, sorta like the look away and head jerk to try and catch or make you move!
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#3023561 - 11/08/12 04:53 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: Winchester]
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I had a small buck stomp and blow at me and ten min later a big ten stepped out! Always thought that deer stomping was bad news until then!
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#3023630 - 11/08/12 05:59 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: BigD_625]
oldmanelrod
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 Originally Posted By: BigD_625
Usually have you spotted and trying to get you to move. I've seen alot more does do it than bucks.

Same here.

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#3023659 - 11/08/12 06:19 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: oldmanelrod]
bowriter
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Okay, I give up.

Both stomping and blowing are forms of communication. Most of the stomping is done by does and usually the lead doe. What she is communicating is, "I see something. Look at me and look where I am looking." By doing that, she alerts other deer, some at a distance, to possible danger and they in turn, may have a different sight angle and can tell if it is danger or not. It is also a gimmick to get whatever she is looking at to move.

Now, the blowing is a totally different deal. That may or may not have meaning. I have seen many mature does just start blowing for the sheer heck of it. They also blow if they suspect danger. They blow at mature bucks quite often. This is a warning to younger females of the buck's presence. Sometimes they blow because some fool has spilled a bottle of $20 doe pee and they are trying to keep from laughing. They both stomp and blow at fawns to warn them to obey her.

Not all deer communication is vocal. A great deal of it is body language accompanied by some sort of sound. The sound is to alert other deer and get them to look at HER. Then the body language comes into play. Ears, front foot and tail are all used to communicate various messages.

Deer communicate a lot by using combinations of sounds and body language. The head bob is one of the most versatile forms of body language. Human women also use it.

Quiz on Friday.
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#3024116 - 11/08/12 09:48 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: bowriter]
r1100s
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ok so odds are it either seen, or smelt me, maybe both. maybe i will not get busted next time, lol. i have never rattled in a buck yet, is now about prime time to do so? also my father in law swore he missed a doe sunday morning at first light, i found it by accident tuesday late am, it was a 1.5 3 ptr, its very sad and we both hate it. he looked for any sign but no blood, hair etc. my question is will deer freak out about the dead buck or will they not be bothered by it? this answer may very well determine where i hunt this weekend. also i shot a small doe tuesday after goin to vote, got in the stand at 115, deer on ground by 137.my wife brought the truck and my 5yo lil boy and 3yo lil girl done the tracking job, they had a blast and ive hunted hard so far this year because baby number 3 is due in december and im low on meat. lol sorry for the long post, just excited for my first one of the year, and my kids are so excited about the woods and learning about deer etc its awesome!
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#3024161 - 11/08/12 10:26 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: r1100s]
Crosshairy
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The dead deer usually has no impact on other deer. If there's a ton of human scent, that matters a lot more.
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#3024222 - 11/09/12 12:21 AM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: Crosshairy]
r1100s
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ok good to know, i always do my best to control my scent and no one lives or is hunting there besides me on certain weekends so maybe they will be settled down if they get by the scent from last weekend
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#3024274 - 11/09/12 04:57 AM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: bowriter]
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I had a small doe blow at something yesterday, and the other deer never even reacted at all.....they looked up at her for maybe a few seconds and that was it....

Kind of like adults ignoring a child....maybe?? lol
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#3025417 - 11/09/12 04:46 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: Bottom Hunter]
bowriter
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Yes they did react. They did exactlty what they were told to do. They looked at her. Then, seeing she was young and detecting nothing of importance, they went right back to what they were doing.

Just exactly as it should be.
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#3025427 - 11/09/12 04:53 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: bowriter]
htnseymour
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Is rattling and grunting working for anyone right now?
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#3025776 - 11/09/12 08:41 PM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: htnseymour]
dirty2
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I rattled in a 4 point 6 point and 3 does last weekend. The does might have been just a coincidence. But all 5 deer came in within 5 minutes of me rattling.
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#3026002 - 11/10/12 05:48 AM Re: deer stomping and blowing? [Re: dirty2]
bowriter
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does respond to rattling as frequently as bucks.
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