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Where do deer go to die?

Asked by tonystubblebine (152points) August 4th, 2010

I have four deer who basically live at the bottom of my yard. I want them to go away, but so far it looks like I’ll have to wait for them to die of old age. Assuming I outlive them, what happens when they die? I’ve never heard of people finding dead old dear in their yards. Where are all the dead deer?

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TexasDude's avatar

They go off in the woods and die. Their remains are quickly (I’m talking within a day or two) picked apart by scavengers, insects, and the elements until you would never know a deer was there.

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Allie's avatar

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gailcalled's avatar

Around here, when the deer are ready or just depressed, they throw themselves in front of the most convenient moving automobile. The roadsides are always littered with carcasses, but they do serve as carrion for crows, raptors, and local wild cats.

lloydbird's avatar

Old or infirm mammalian herbivores are usually picked off by their natural predators. Your predicament is probably indicative of an unnatural imbalance, in your area, between predator and prey animals.
You could, if you are inclined, prey on them yourself. You would solve your problem and gain some food as well. Depending on how much you ”..want them to go away.”

LuckyGuy's avatar

Our deer are consumed in a day or two by turkey vultures, fox and coyote. It is amazing.

JLeslie's avatar

The same deer every year? No new baby fawn? We love having deer in our yard. I only mention it, because if more are being produced you will never get rid of them. Oh, but that deer away stuff you can buy at Home Depot works.

wilma's avatar

Where I live, those that don’t get hit on the road, die where they live, in the woods. The carcass doesn’t usually remain for very long, but sometimes you can find antlers and bones.

SeventhSense's avatar

They are mostly consumed before they die or in short order soon after. Nature has no nursing homes.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Most of the deer that I see die, are passing within 100 yds of my deer stand.

BoBo1946's avatar

Near a deer stand… my answer…while laughing at @WestRiverrat‘s answer. gs, on my best behavior…“deleteist”!

YARNLADY's avatar

Hunters take them, every one. Venison is delicious when cooked right.

jazmina88's avatar

yep, they either commit deer suicide by jumpin in front of vehicles, or drop dead on the spot when the bullet strikes em.

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gondwanalon's avatar

A few years ago there was a bad smell that was coming from under my green house. It was a large adult deer who decided that that was a good place to die. The carcass had probably been there for a couple of weeks. I crawled under the green house, tied a rope to one of the deer’s legs and dragged it out. I deposited the remains about 100 meters away and into the woods. I was surprised that the many predator/scavengers in the area had not discovered the dead deer before I did.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

My fields. They get into my crops, they wind up in my freezer. Raccoons become hats. If the “critters” stay in the forest, I leave them alone (except during deer season, when they find hiding places anyway).

SeventhSense's avatar

Apparently you never saw Deniro in The Deer Hunter. “You only get one shot Nicky”...

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