Will deer avoid areas with high bear populations?

By Grant Woods,

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My family hunts some land in the Ozarks of Madison county Arkansas. All we have been getting on our game cams this season has been of bear. We went hunting this weekend and we didn’t see a single deer but one of my hunting partners killed his first black bear. There are an abundance of white oaks on the property and the acorn were dropping heavily.

I was wondering, will bleak bear run off whitetail?


Beau Fugitt


Black bears are very good deer predators.  If there’s lots of bears using the land you hunt it wouldn’t be uncommon for deer to use a different part of their home range.  Congratulations to your hunting partner that tagged a bear!

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