You certainly can. Summer deer harvesting, on the other hand, is prohibited. In most locations, hunting season begins in the fall and lasts through the winter. Eating deer throughout the summer isn't a problem, but those who eat it on a regular basis usually run out of deer by then unless they complete all of their tags.
Deer are prey animals and will naturally follow food sources throughout the year. If there's no snow on the ground or not enough to hide under (which is why deer head for feeders during harsh weather), then there's probably not going to be any danger. If there is ice on the ground, though, that would make things more dangerous for the deer because they wouldn't be able to get away if one came after them. Deer are prone to hypothermia and should always be checked for a pulse in cold conditions. If none is found, then they have likely died of exposure.
Hunters use rifles, bows, and traps to take advantage of unguarded deer. Since deer tend to follow food sources, hunters leave something attractive like fruit or seeds around their homes or farms to provide a safe alternative for wildlife to eat while waiting for predators to move on. This process is called "scarecrowing."
Some farmers choose to protect their crops by using bird netting, but this technique is not recommended for everyone.
During the open season, there is no ban against shooting deer on any given day. Sunday is not a day for hunting or taking game. However, during the closed season, which is from October 1 to April 30, no one can shoot any deer on Sunday.
In fact, during this period, it is illegal to even possess a firearm on a Sunday. If you are caught with a gun on Sunday during the closed season, you could face up to five years in prison or a fine of $20,000.
Fishing on Sunday is prohibited by law unless you have a license or permit. The only exception is if the church you attend allows it - many churches allow their members to fish on Sunday.
Even though there is no legal ban on hunting or fishing on Sunday, most people still choose to stay home and watch sports events or go out with family and friends instead.
Hunters may only bait deer on private land during the shooting season. Baiting is strictly prohibited in wildlife control zones. It is unlawful to use bait to hunt bears, deer, elk, pronghorn, or moose. Baiting refers to the process of placing, exposing, spreading, or dispersing salt, minerals, grain, animal parts, or other food as an attractant for large wildlife.
Deer can be fed on private property if you follow certain procedures. You will need to obtain a permit from the county agricultural commissioner's office. The cost is $150 for a nonresident; $30 for residents of some counties. The application must include a plan for sanitation after feeding and permission to enter your property. A biologist with the department of fish and game will review the application and issue it only when there are no more than five deer per square mile of land within the county.
Feeding deer is risky business. If you choose to feed them, do so only during winter months when there is little danger of being seen. Never feed anything with sugar in antlerless areas or you could lose your license. And don't feed anything that has been laced with drugs or toxins. Deer are very sensitive to changes in their environment and will avoid what they perceive as danger. If you choose to feed them, go into hiding before dark when animals are most active and hungry.
You might think that since deer eat what they want we should just let them eat everything up, but that wouldn't be good for them or us.
They let landowners to shoot deer at any time, regardless of usual hunting laws. Deer can be shot from a vehicle window on a summer night in numerous states and then left to decay on the ground.
Farmers need to make sure they are allowed to shoot wildlife on their land before doing so. If they miss, they could be fined by their county or state government.
Nighttime shooting is usually permitted because it's less likely to disturb people sleeping in nearby houses. However, some states with large populations of deer may have nighttime shooting restrictions for safety reasons. For example, Missouri allows hunters to use headlamps but not other lights when hunting at night. The same rule applies to driving through rural areas after dark. The reason: Many roads lack streetlights and drivers need as much light on the road as possible to see animals crossing into their lanes.
Farmers who want to try shooting deer at night should check with their local game warden first to make sure this practice is legal where they live. They might also want to bring a flashlight and stay in well-lighted areas if there are any concerns about being seen.
Nighttime shooting provides an advantage for hunters who may not have access to their normal shooting grounds during other times of the day.