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Old 09-30-2018, 02:28 PM   #1
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I thought about this last year, and I saw reference to it this morning, and it got me thinking about it again.

I've had deer look right at me. I froze. Didn't move at all, but I was staring right back at them. They spooked and took off.

That got me thinking - Do our eyes give us away?

So last year, every time a deer would stop and look my way, I'd close my eyes quickly, and then just barely open slowly to a squint to see what they were doing. I wouldn't open my eyes fully until they turned away or stopped looking in my direction. I didn't have a single deer spook and take off when I did that.

So do our eyes give us away?

"Don't spook until you see the whites of their eyes!"

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Old 09-30-2018, 02:30 PM   #2
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I believe they do.
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:32 PM   #3
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I thought about this last year, and I saw reference to it this morning, and it got me thinking about it again.

I've had deer look right at me. I froze. Didn't move at all, but I was staring right back at them. They spooked and took off.

That got me thinking - Do our eyes give us away?

So last year, every time a deer would stop and look my way, I'd close my eyes quickly, and then just barely open slowly to a squint to see what they were doing. I wouldn't open my eyes fully until they turned away or stopped looking in my direction. I didn't have a single deer spook and take off when I did that.

So do our eyes give us away?

"Don't spook until you see the whites of their eyes!"

All the best,
Glenn
I do the same thing
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:34 PM   #4
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I always slowly close my eyes to break the eye contact. Seems to work!
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:35 PM   #5
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I think eye contact does spook them

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Old 09-30-2018, 02:36 PM   #6
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i 100% believe it spooks them
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:36 PM   #7
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never make eye contact
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:37 PM   #8
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Never look a deer in the eye, predators eyes face forward and they can pick up the pattern even on well camouflaged hunters

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Old 09-30-2018, 02:37 PM   #9
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Same here.
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:39 PM   #10
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I agree and do the same thing
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:44 PM   #11
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They can sense you! HECS! Only way around it! Mucho LOL!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:45 PM   #12
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I do this
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:46 PM   #13
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Definitely scares them
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:48 PM   #14
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They know it's eyes. Try staring at your dog, cat, horse, etc...Look straight in their eyes. They can't handle it very long.
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:54 PM   #15
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Always squirt in bow blind until full draw. Eyes dead give away.


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Old 09-30-2018, 03:02 PM   #16
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Always squirt in bow blind until full draw. Eyes dead give away.
Well.....It's your blind. You can do what you want.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:03 PM   #17
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I think it spooks them to. I look at something on the ground in between me and the deer. That way I can still see what the deer is doing with my peripheral vision.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:08 PM   #18
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It's worse when using a scope too...now you got a big ole exaggerated eye ball & had deer bolt from blinking.

I prefer high power on my main rig to look for details like kickers & broken tines. I move my aiming point off the deer when they look my way.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:10 PM   #19
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I thought about this last year, and I saw reference to it this morning, and it got me thinking about it again.

I've had deer look right at me. I froze. Didn't move at all, but I was staring right back at them. They spooked and took off.

That got me thinking - Do our eyes give us away?

So last year, every time a deer would stop and look my way, I'd close my eyes quickly, and then just barely open slowly to a squint to see what they were doing. I wouldn't open my eyes fully until they turned away or stopped looking in my direction. I didn't have a single deer spook and take off when I did that.

So do our eyes give us away?



"Don't spook until you see the whites of their eyes!"

All the best,
Glenn
This is what I do!
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:13 PM   #20
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I believe they do see our eyes. I almost close my eyes and watch and they calm down. You are correct.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:19 PM   #21
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I agree. I wear glasses and I think that makes it worse, maybe because of the reflection. I take my prescription sunglasses and wear them so they can’t see my eyeballs (as long as there’s enough light.)
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:19 PM   #22
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For sure. I usually lower my head so the brim of my hat covers my eyes
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:20 PM   #23
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That’s what my dad taught me to do when they look your way. “Windows to the soul’. I know that’s a figure of speech, but.....
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:23 PM   #24
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I believe this explains why that doe yesterday was acting the way she was. We looked eyes twice & buddy she was worked up. She didn’t bust off & run but walked away stomping & blowing. Then she came all the way around me & come in behind me still stomping & blowing. Made a full circle around me. Now I know.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:34 PM   #25
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For sure. I usually lower my head so the brim of my hat covers my eyes
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:37 PM   #26
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Made me chuckle
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:38 PM   #27
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Never make eye contact.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:47 PM   #28
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Never have heard of that before or seen one run from looking at it but maybe. I had a ten point looking right at me and I was staring right back at him at about 15 to 20 feet or probably closer than that even, two years ago and he never knew it until I moved so I have my doubts.

I mean....we're talking about an animal that gets hunted by people wearing bright orange....so....

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Old 09-30-2018, 03:54 PM   #29
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How many times have you been in a room of people and "felt" someone staring at you and you look around and you were right. Same concept. I think they can sense it rather than actually seeing your eyeballs.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:59 PM   #30
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When deer are close I never make eye contact.
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Old 09-30-2018, 04:05 PM   #31
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I was taught at a young age to not look cattle in the eye when working them, it spooks them. Same with strange dogs. Deer are the same. I always look down at their feet, lowering my eyelids.
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Old 09-30-2018, 04:14 PM   #32
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Thatís what my dad taught me to do when they look your way. ďWindows to the soulí. I know thatís a figure of speech, but.....
And his sole had evil intent toward the deer, of course it spooked.
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Old 09-30-2018, 04:16 PM   #33
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I believe this explains why that doe yesterday was acting the way she was. We looked eyes twice & buddy she was worked up. She didnít bust off & run but walked away stomping & blowing. Then she came all the way around me & come in behind me still stomping & blowing. Made a full circle around me. Now I know.
Were you sitting in the stand with me?!?!? Exact same thing...
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Old 09-30-2018, 05:23 PM   #34
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I look em right n the eye... I ain’t skerred
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Old 09-30-2018, 05:27 PM   #35
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I've been attacked twice over my hunting life by hawks. Both times they were looking right at me and came at me as soon as I blinked. I have no doubt eyes give you away.
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Old 09-30-2018, 05:34 PM   #36
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I think they do. When they look right at me I look the other way kind of like I donít care. Or squint my eyes.


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Old 09-30-2018, 05:46 PM   #37
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I've never noticed that they notice me looking at them.. I think we give them to much credit..
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Old 09-30-2018, 05:53 PM   #38
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Locking eyes with them definitely spooks them. I try my best to not do it.


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Old 09-30-2018, 05:54 PM   #39
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I definitely spooked a small (too-narrow for ARs) buck when he decided to look right at me 15-ft up, 10 yards away in a treestand. I was watching him and another -- legal buck -- feed on hand corn while waiting for the legal buck a few feet ahead of him to step into shooting gap between branches. As I glanced at him he was looking right at my face/eyes; after a few seconds I decided to just close my eyes. As soon as I did that, he bolted, running off the legal buck as well. Should have maybe slowly looked down into a squint, evidently. Kind of felt trapped.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:00 PM   #40
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I thought about this last year, and I saw reference to it this morning, and it got me thinking about it again.

I've had deer look right at me. I froze. Didn't move at all, but I was staring right back at them. They spooked and took off.

That got me thinking - Do our eyes give us away?

So last year, every time a deer would stop and look my way, I'd close my eyes quickly, and then just barely open slowly to a squint to see what they were doing. I wouldn't open my eyes fully until they turned away or stopped looking in my direction. I didn't have a single deer spook and take off when I did that.

So do our eyes give us away?

"Don't spook until you see the whites of their eyes!"

All the best,
Glenn
you bet they do,, been closing mine on close eye contact for 45 years, not one ran off.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:00 PM   #41
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I agree they are scary I try not to look at them before i shoot
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:00 PM   #42
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I've never noticed that they notice me looking at them.. I think we give them to much credit..


I don't think you give them enough credit. When it comes to predators vs prey both sides are in tune with their surroundings.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:06 PM   #43
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I've never noticed that they notice me looking at them.. I think we give them to much credit..
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:09 PM   #44
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Better wear sunglasses so these deer cannot see the whites of your eyes and the full HECS suits so your electrical currents you put off do not spook them! Geez!
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:11 PM   #45
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I don't think you give them enough credit. When it comes to predators vs prey both sides are in tune with their surroundings.
I base my opinion off of 40 years of bowhunting with never having a deer spook because I was looking at it and in that 40 years I've been in within bow range of hundreds and hundreds of deer, exotics and pigs..
Maybe I'm just lucky..
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:13 PM   #46
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I base my opinion off of 40 years of bowhunting with never having a deer spook because I was looking at it and in that 40 years I've been in within bow range of hundreds and hundreds of deer, exotics and pigs..
Maybe I'm just lucky..


Maybe, or maybe you were good. Even though you lack experience, I will still value your opinion.


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Old 09-30-2018, 06:15 PM   #47
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I base my opinion off of 40 years of bowhunting with never having a deer spook because I was looking at it and in that 40 years I've been in within bow range of hundreds and hundreds of deer, exotics and pigs..
Maybe I'm just lucky..
Absolutely. I guess our 40+ years of doing this does not hold weight in todays hunting world!
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:16 PM   #48
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Wait when I close my eyes I become invisible. Thatís why they donít see you
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:19 PM   #49
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LMAO. I guess we all need to post our resume before we have an opinion now. I too have hunted over 40 years so I must be right

Ease up guys. It's opinions based on people's experience. Lots of guys who posted here think the deer have been able to see their eyes. If you don't agree that's fine, but it doesn't make those who made eye contact with the deer when it spooked wrong.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:21 PM   #50
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I also think it depends how pressured your deer are, if they're already spooked/hesitant before they walk out, age of deer, if the rut is going on, etc.




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