The deer’s subconscious mind recognizes motion as either malignant or benign before it’s conscious mind can even register what made the movement. It’s an instinctive response.
Some movement sends the deer fleeing instantly while other movements are hardly noticed at all.
Over time the deer become conditioned to certain movements such as: leaves rustling in the wind and doesn’t notice them at all. Likewise, a slight movement in a treestand often doesn’t trigger a flight response in the deer. His mind has become conditioned to not expect danger from above.
A hunter moving through the woods with his un-rhythmatic movements automatically triggers a flight response in the deer.
I feel very fortunate to have been raised in a rural community nestled in the rugged mountains of Idaho. In my youth, the locals paid little attention to game laws and seasons. Back then everyone hunted for meat. There was a certain amount of red meat that was needed be brought in to get everyone through the winter and we hunted until that supply was met. Hunting wasn’t for sport. It was for survival. We killed a lot deer. Those were the run, gun, and grin days of hunting here in Idaho. I loved every minute of it.
Times have changed. Those days are gone. But I would like to thank all the old-timers who so freely shared their hunting lore and secret spots with me. The lessons have not been forgotten. Thank you all.