I have a picture of me sitting in a stand with a buck walking in between me and my trail camera.The flash goes off and the buck never got spooked.
That is a good point brough up about cameras being near food, they definately would be conditioned the same way, and in that case, to your benefit. And many people do that, have their cameras up around their feeders, bait piles, mineral licks, or what have you. i guess it could also vary by area. if one guy has a camera near a feeder or mineral lick and the next guy has his by his tree stand and there is no food there, the deer could be attracted to the flash in the area where food is often found and then be shy of the flash in an area where there is no food, particularly if they have had a human encounter at that spot. I'm not entirely sure what to think about the whole situation. Flashes dont seem to "spook" deer, but if deer will learn to associate a camera flash with people and change their travel habits is something I wonder. Then again, as was said, when deer encounter cameras near food, it actually seems to attract them. Flashes definately have some effect on deer who have encountered them before, I guess we just gotta always hope they were good experiences.
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