Shooting deer in your backyard

1/2/10 @ 7:46 AM
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splitG2
splitG2
USER since 10/12/07
Just wondering what opinion guys have on shooting deer in your backyard. I have deer in my yard every day at the same time 1 hr before dark. The wife gives me crap when I get home from hunting empty handed and says: you should have stayed home we had deer in our yard again.....I just can't bring myself to do it.....It just don't seem like it wouldn't be hunting but just shooting.

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9/10/10 @ 4:33 PM
BOW NUT
BOW NUT
USER since 12/9/01
I have found the deer behind my house are much more nocturnal than the big woods deer.

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9/9/10 @ 8:33 AM
lookn' 4 PnY
lookn' 4 PnY
USER since 7/15/05
I would be the first to give you a high five if i knew who you were, where you lived and you actually called me. Shooting a deer over a feeder in your yard would be the only way I would call foul. You can't help it someone built a house in your funnel. Hunt away man and good luck!

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9/9/10 @ 5:58 AM
hunt4horns14
hunt4horns14
USER since 12/2/08
Lets get this topic back, our house sits on 6 acres with agriculture and woods, probably over 150 acres to the south, and another 300 acres across the street to the North. The deer travel through our portion frequently, I put a stand in the back and have had numerous encounters with deer. It's still hunting in my opinion, you still gotta play the wind, have to make the shot, and you can screw up just as easily as you would in the big woods.

The attached picture, I've had this buck coming in for 3 years now, he typically comes in an hour or two before and after dark. At one point last year, he was back there right at shooting hours, but I wasn't in the stand! Is that hunting?

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1/15/10 @ 9:45 AM
Palmerboy
Palmerboy
USER since 11/23/09
"Palmerboy, I wouldn't give too much info here abut feeding anything. One of those Rump Ranger Wardens could come looking to drop in for a hot load on Palmer."

It would be a dry hump for the warden..we maintain the 2 gallon rule. I'm retired so i can keep it at 2 gallons through the day. Even have 2 gallons marked on the feeder, which is a wood box not a dispenser. I've never asked a warden, but from reading the regs, i assume you can put corn out all day as long as you dont have more than 2 gallons out at a time

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1/14/10 @ 1:03 PM
Bowhuntin'
Bowhuntin'
USER since 1/10/03
Hey, when a man's gotta defend his turf, anything goes.

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1/14/10 @ 9:43 AM
gassmann
gassmann
USER since 4/19/07
I quit hunting in my back yard... A couple of years ago I was out back grilling some chicken and 3 deer came out to eat the freshly planted grass on my mound system, that ticked me off they were wrecking my mound. I took the bow out and went around the corner, took a shot at a big doe and missed, they took off I put the bow away, went back to the grill and the chicken was burnt. NO FRESH VENISON---HAD BURNT CHICKEN INSTEAD Sweating Sweating

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1/14/10 @ 7:24 AM
lakeshiner
lakeshiner
USER since 7/20/09
I suppose its as easy as gun hunting Tounge Out See deer shoot deer. I don't find gun hunting a challenge, if you see a deer you can shoot it most of the time. More people do it because it takes less time, like hunting in the backyard. Can go out one or two days a year and have a chance at a deer. Then I think of the people who sit in those enclosed box stands. Sort of like shooting out your window or garage. Now if you have a heater in there, then its like the house..

Don't go nuts, I'm just kidding! At least a little....

I have to say if a deer doesn't run away while you are outside, that wouldn't be fun at all. The deer by me never come out on the grass during daylight, they stay in the woods and are very spooky, which makes it more of a challenge to hunt them. I shot a doe in my back .5 acre of woods, but I put in 20 hours to do it, wasn't just a gimme. Plus I was winded one time when they came from a weird direction, that's why I love Scentlok...... But everybody's yard/land is different.

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1/13/10 @ 8:17 PM
Bowhuntin'
Bowhuntin'
USER since 1/10/03
I'd love to hunt the land my house is on. I just wouldn't be hunting the yard part of my land. I wouldn't sit on the back porch and shoot'em while they come in. If that's your style of hunting, so be it. I just don't find the back yard hunting an accomplishment (which is what the initial post asked).

Edited on 1/13/10 8:18 PM
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1/13/10 @ 11:20 AM
Palmerboy
Palmerboy
USER since 11/23/09
what if the pier is not in a back yard? Tounge Out

I can only base things on my own situation and the deer in my back yard have become accustomed to people. They come in even if we are using the deck for entertaining. In october, one of the bucks was eating a pumpkin the wife had put out by the garage. we came home from running errands and there he was standing in front of the garage with pumpkin all over his face. I literally had to blow the horn to get him away from the garage. We went in with a load of groceries, came back out to get more...and he was eating that pumpkin again, with us standing 20 feet away. Shooting animals like that just isnt fair chase in my opinion nor does it show any respect for the animal or the tradition of sport hunting. At least when i walk out onto my pier, the fish swim away from me as fast as they can( i am that ugly), the deer in my yard just stand there and look at me funny.

I will reiterate that I don't think that just because you walk out your back door to hunt you are hunting your back yard. If you have to move the volleyball net and satellite dish to create a shooting lane, then in my book you are in your back yard. If you have to walk through acres of land to get to your stand, that is no longer your yard, just part of your property. I think a lot of people defending their actions here, are assuming because they walk out of the house to hunt they are hunting their yard.

Edited on 1/13/10 12:22 PM
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1/13/10 @ 11:16 AM
ole 870
ole 870
USER since 6/27/01
nor should anyone ever catch fish from a dock.

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