Yes, all these posts are pretty much on cue with what I feel.
Deer can remember, thats for sure. Instinct is driven by triggers. Scent, sight, sound, body language, eye contact, location, time of season, time of day, weather all trigger different reactions in deer for different reasons, mostly experience. Deer do not know that you are a human, they view you as another animal and you can communicate to them, to a certain extent.
I wish I could find more information on deer psychology, all I can find is deer behavior. Understanding how deer behave and why deer behave the way they do are two completely different things. I can't find any information on the relationship between deer and dog psychology, because there is an abundance of information on dog psychology. Almost everything I have learned from dog psychology carries over to deer as far as I can tell. Like I said in another post I was able to tame and train a wild piglet using basic principles of dog rehabilitation, it was no different than training a puppy and I imagine a fawn would be the same way.
Like JPH said, unless you own a large tract of land all of this is pretty pointless. But I still find it fascinating. Funny you bring up anthropomorphism because that is the main reason that people have problems training dogs, dogs don't speak english(or any other language), they speak dog, which is body language, touch, scent, eye contact and tone. If you understand how to use these things and how dogs use these to communicate you can teach any dog to do anything pretty much.
The best way to make any animal feel comfortable with your presence is to ignore them until they ignore you. Once they have accepted your presence(this may take days, weeks, months) you can do something positive to gain their trust, such as feeding them.
A couple weeks ago I had a doe feed up to me right at the end of shooting light, the mosquitoes are pretty bad so I stood up and packed up while she was 20 yards from me. I glanced with my peripheral and saw her on alert. I kept my back to her, didn't make any sudden movements, then slowly and calmly started to walk away from her, i was in the wide open and on some crunchy leaves. After i went about 20 yards I could not believe that I hadn't heard her run or blow at me. I stopped and took a slow glance over my shoulder expecting her to be on full alert still, she was feeding not paying any attention to me whatsoever. I turned and kept slowly walking away.
Now had I stood up, stared at her and excitedly reached for my gun I am more than certain she would have bolted.
No Shortcuts. No Excuses. No Regrets.