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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.

There will be a quiz on Friday.
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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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