I've been watching this one deer trail for nearly ten years now, because I'm always seeing deer come out of or go through it.
The deer coming through are not 10 yrs old, ages range from yearlings to maybe 4/5 yrs old. Turkeys also always come out of this trail.
Exactly why do deer travel the same path year after year and generation after generation?
I know where both ends lead, nothing striking on the path or at either end.
For the most part it's about a 4 mile circle that weaves deep into some woods and then cuts out on the edge of neighborhoods and back into thick woods.
I'm curious why they do this. I figure they are following previous scents but some have been shot over the years at points in this path of theirs too, you would think they'd find another route.
Sat up in an area that over sees part of it this morning and saw 7 deer and 11 turkeys come through, never pulled the trigger because I wanted to see where they decided to go today. They went as they always do...
I don't think I'll ever pull the trigger at that spot, give them a free pass on a trail that was there before them so they stay the course. I'll head them off at another point if I decide to pull the trigger again before the years end.
The other thing I thought unusual was that the larger deer were in the front, with the smallest pulling up the rear. Usually at my stands the smaller deer come out first, once they seem safe the larger will come out.