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Post by neonate on Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:27 pm

All of my public land I hunt, both Federal and State has been flooded out from massive rains and causing the local river to flood them almost completely out! My question is, after the water recedes, will deer move back into there old territory in this land, or will it take a couple years for populations to randomly move in and reestablish again? I was scouting just prior to the floods and found ample deer sign and would hate to have my fall season blown already. Do I find somewhere else, or stick with it this coming season? Thanks!

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Post by PineywoodsBow on Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:57 am

as long there is food, they will be back. I would definitely find a back up area just in case though...

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Post by SlowBow on Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:58 pm

They'll be back as soon as the water recedes. One of the areas I hunt is along the Potomac River. It floods out completely when a hurricane or tropical storm comes through, and large areas if it flood seasonally with spring and fall. The deer are used to this, and while it creates a temporary problem, the resulting growth from fertile sediment deposited by the flood waters brings them back quickly. I wouldn't let it worry you at all. The damp muddy ground will offer good fresh sign, and by summer, it's going to be as dry as a tinder box, and you can be sure the sign you find is fresh!

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Post by Cbigbear on Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:53 pm

The deer will flow back in as the water flows out. Here's an interesting gps study on deer movement during flooding.

http://www.qdma.com/galleries/bucks-are-loyal-to-home-ranges-come-hell-or-high-water

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Post by neonate on Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:47 pm

Most of the water has receded, and all signs point to the return of the deer! Thanks for the input guys.

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