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On those really cold days and your out hunting in a blind do you ever feel like a deer is going to spot you because of seeing your breath? I know it would seem alarming if I were a deer and saw a big white puff coming out of a blind, or tree. I do believe I have been busted before by deer seeing my breath. Other times it seems like they don't notice, and even other times they seem to just look at me for a minute, and then go about their business.
How do you guys feel? do they care, notice, or just don't know what it is?
 

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I have had deer spook from seeing my breath. I try to breath through my nose slowly and straight toward my jacket when I have deer close to me. It doesn't make a ton of difference but it helps. It also calms my nerves if I have a nice buck close by.
 

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I'm not sure that they can see that well. That would mean differentiating between colors and contrast, something that may or may not be possible for deer. Sometimes I think that they sense that something just isn't right - like if you went into your house or garage at night and thought someone else might be there...you know the feeling - something isn't right, so as a deer it's just easier to leave. Also, depending on your breath and wind directions - they could have smelled you. In a woods, I have noticed that winds circulate much more in all directions versus an open field or fencerow. For some it's like duh - thanks Mr. Obvious, but I prefer a little bit of wind while hunting, just to be sure that my scent is being carried away and not lingering. Most times that I have had deer spook because of a situation like the "this just doesn't seem right" one that I described, I have been in woods, both in a tree or on the ground.

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Don't dress so warm. Let your body cool down closer to teh outside temp so the vapor will not be seen. This way way they can't see won't spook them ;) :lol:

I had a deer spook from my shoulder poping while drawing the bow back. My dad had one spook when his belly grumbled.

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I've had that happen! lol Another thing i've had happen too when its cold and still. Your breath will linger and the deer will avoid you!

I wear a loose head unit, so when i breath out my mouth it don't put the vapor in the air to see. I might get a little leak out now and then, but nothing that will spook the deer.
 

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Skinner 2 said:
I had a deer spook from my shoulder poping while drawing the bow back. My dad had one spook when his belly grumbled.
That is the essence of December bowhunting - the woods is so unbelievably quiet. If I see a shooter coming into one of my lanes I try to pull back as much in advance as possible. It also makes holding your bow a necessity, and that can suck the warmth out of your hands if you don't address it somehow. It's a real challenge and probably why it appeals to many of us.
 

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I've definitely had deer spook from seeing my breath. No more though. I always wear a head net while hunting and breath through that. I use the Scent-Lok head net, either the green one or the new anti-fog. If it gets really cold, I use another Scent-Lok head net that is made from Strom cloth and it works very good if I can keep the glasses from fogging.
 
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