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What affect does having a deer carcass 30 yards from your feeder do? I have a box stand set up for my son 75 yards from feeder, but I hunt about 300 yards deeper form feeder. How will this affect either stand? Will the upcoming rain help? I was going to fill my feeder Friday knowing I wasn’t going to hunt this weekend due to heat and wind conditions. Upon arriving to my feeder I saw buzzards and sure enough this deer carcass. Any feedback would be appreciated.
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I personally would not want it that close to my area. I don't think the carcass itself is a big problem, but it could attract buzzards )like you said) and coyotes and such which could spook deer coming to the area.

The bigger concern to me is why is there a carcass that close to your hunting area? Was it shot and died there? Hard to tell from the pics, but I don't see any leg bones and it appears to have had the antlers cut off? Was this a poached deer that was killed and cleaned there? Was it cleaned somewhere else and dumped there?
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   Goo_Tee
Chris, It was a doe and I don’t think it was poached I’m in a pretty remote area with limited access .We do have a coyote problem in the area. The carcass was defiantly moved about 10 yards from where I found it. I removed what you see just had a really bad smell in area. I set back a camera on feeder to see if deer are still coming around but I won’t check it until weekend. I just removed cameras from that area a week ago with the season starting up.
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   adaigle82
hey goo tee i would move that thing out of there if i where you. i wouldnt come to that feeder if i was a deer, like going to a chinese buffet with as dead person next to your car in the parkinglot. i would also check with local regs to see about eradicating those yotes. they put more presure on deer then 200 dogs and 50 redneck shotgun toting hunters.
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well i shot a deer in my hunting spot and dropped it there and i havent had deer in my spot for 2 weeks.
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   dmckinzey
What ever you can do to decrease depredation like removing the carcass would probably be a good thing...

Any possibility your feed could have been tainted? I rarely find dead deer and when I do it's mostly wounded from a car or harvest injury.

If you do hunt that spot without removing the carcass please tell me if you notice any effects.
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   Goo_Tee
Here is a picture of a young six point by feeder a week after finding dead deer. I also have photos of deer at feeder the same day I removed carcass. I saw multiple deer cross where the old carcass was. I really thought this was going hurt my hunting but it seems all is well. I don’t know the nature of this doe’s death but I can say the coyotes have left terds all around my location.
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By no means am I a wildlife expert or anything, but death is a very common occurrence in nature and every wild animal has been exposed to the sight & smell of a dead animal. Most natural smells, such as a dead animal or smoke from a fire, do not spook wildlife as much as we may think.

Sure, the coyotes and buzzards will possibly keep deer out of the area for a little while, but I have my doubts about the smell of anything dead effecting the deer much.

Like I said, I am no expert and could be wrong but this is my opinion on the subject. And your last report stating that you still have good pictures of deer in that area shows that I may be correct.
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