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[–] InnocentBystander [S] 0 points 74 points (+74|-0) ago 

I got these pics from a friends father. They were taken last week when he was at the range. Nobody there had seen the deer before or heard about it, but clearly it was used to humans. Probably got fed and attention at some of the nearby farms. I guess once they get used to loud machines, gunshots aren't such a big deal.

I have doubts about this guys chances of surviving the next hunting season.

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[–] Grunge 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

That's fucking awesome, thanks for sharing these here. The deer is not very good at survival but that's cool as shit that it let him pet it while shooting guns.

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[–] InnocentBystander [S] 0 points 37 points (+37|-0) ago 

The deer is not very good at survival but..

How do you know he's not just scouting them while it's not in season, and going to learn their weaknesses so he can turn things around when it's 'game on'.
I'm going to be keeping an eye out for a headline like : 'Deer kills party of hunters'.

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[–] Ina_Pickle 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

They don't necessarily have to be fed to approach humans closely. We had a huge herd at our last place. They knew to stay in our woods during hunting season and would lounge around on our patio most mornings. The juveniles were always hopping around on the side lawn in a separate group and stealing from our apple trees. We're lucky they stayed out of our pool. As long as we were quiet and didn't run towards them, they'd just look at us curiously. I have tons of photos of my kids with them.

It is odd that it approached gun fire, but as you said, it may have just been used to loud noise.

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[–] YoHomie 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

"I have doubts about this guys chances of surviving the next hunting season"

I nave no doubt that he not only will survive, but will likely be actively protected by the very men who train at that range. He has become something of a mascot, a friend - every hunter at the range will be able to identify that buck by its location and features and I'm willing to bet that not a single one of them will take that deer. None.

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[–] GIF-lLL-S0NG 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

I have doubts about this guys chances of surviving the next hunting season.

Rabies will have gotten him by then.

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[–] InnocentBystander [S] 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

That is very unlikely in this area.
Rabies is rare, but fearless deer are common.

Also, that is a group of older highly experienced wild Canadians. If you think that they would miss the signs of rabies, you are mistaken.