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Deer During the Day

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Mencius, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Mencius

    Mencius New Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    South Carolina
    Damnit, I have walked right through at least 3 bedding areas the couple times I have been walking the woods. I will have to try to stay out of them. I did find one that looked like it would be a good spot to ambush as it was down in a bottom and I figured I could sit on top of the rise near there and keep a pretty good eye on things. We'll have to see if they come back to there or not. Think it would make sense to put out a corn pile near the bedding area?
  2. redneck2

    redneck2 Mentor

    Dec 25, 2002
    Northern Indiana
    Some states it's legal, some states (like here) it's illegal. Here, if the CO finds a bait pile, they stake it out and you will get a ticket.

    You don't have to make the deer come to you. Just find their bedding areas (sounds you already did) and their feeding areas. Find the travel paths between and set up. Now, bedding areas will vary (for does) depending on the weather. If it's warm, they tend to use fence rows and edges. If it's cold and windy, they tend to use heavy woods/weeds to block the wind. Bucks almost always use the thickest, most tangled stuff in the area for bedding. The exception is the rut, when they stay with the does.

    If it's cold weather, they tend to move later into the morning and earlier in the evening. They need more energy to keep warm.

    It's actually a lot easier to get a good shot in their natural feeding area. Once they are there, they tend to be less cautious. Keeps their head down and attention diverted. I've had multiple deer feed for maybe an hour less than 50 yards from me. I find it's best to set up on feeding areas in the afternoon. You'll catch them coming out just before dark. In the mornings, they're already there eating over night and you chase them off setting up.

    If you are in an area that has snow, keep track of their trails for future reference. They tend to use the same trails year after year. I've hunted our farm for about forty years. They've use the same crossings all that time. Last year I had a friend hunt with me for the first time. Opening morning, he'd never even seen our farm. I told him exactly where to go. Ten minutes after daylight he shot a buck that scored 183
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2012
  3. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Mentor

    Feb 6, 2007
    How the 'ell you gonna catch deer bedded down if you don't go to where they bed? How do the 'ell do you know an area is a bedding area till you kick 'em out? Sorry, but it's a catch 22. If you hunt a small parcel with limited cover, walking(still hunting) is not a high percentage way to hunt. These are the areas one should just sit their azz down and wait. But, if you have access to a larger parcel with multiple areas of cover(such as a large tract of public land) still hunting can be very successful, once you learn how to do it correctly. Seeing that flash of a deer looking for a new home means you haven't figured it out yet. It ain't about stompin' around. It's about sneakin' and being inconspicuous. If you're gonna stomp thru their bedding areas, better partner up with someone and make pushes to each other. The idea is to sneak up close enough for a shot before they bust cover and are gone. This can be done by being so stealthy they never know you are there till it's to late or by letting them think you are gonna walk by them and they hang tight and let you get close enough for a shot. Many times in both of these scenarios, it will be a quick running shot. Most of mine are when doing this, but most times it is within 30 yards...pretty much a gimmee. Sometimes you catch them bedded and can take them while lying down, but for me it's not the norm. Either way it's easier to get close when they are bedded as opposed to when they are up and moving. Jumping deer outta bedding area tells you two things,where they bed and where they go when flushed. This is knowledge you retain for another day. Kicking deer outta bedding areas can be frustrating, but it can be a great way to scout new territory. Walking the woods after a hunting season shows you where deer go when pressured. These will be the same places they use next year....especially the bucks that made it thru this season using those areas. Once you know where deer head when they are flushed, many times you can cut them off or come in from another direction and catch them watching their backtrail. Many times when I still hunt, I actually kick deer out ahead of me in areas I know I can't get close and then head for a funnel and wait for them to circle back. Many times when they have used the same escape route before, they are more concerned with what's behind them and feel safe about what's ahead of them. You'll see them milling around taking their time, constantly looking back from whence they came. Take your time not only to be stealthy, but to study what's ahead of you and try to figure where deer kicked up in front of you will want to go. Many times by searching these areas ahead of your stalk, you'll actually see deer slowly sneaking ahead of you or if they bust in a hurry you already know where to look for an opening. Don't forget to look behind you as you stalk, many times deer will let you walk by only get up after you pass and try to sneak away behind you. This happens more than you think. I have shot several bucks by shadowing other folks that are "stompin'" thru the woods. They never did see the deer get up and take off after they have walked by....but I did. Nuttin' more satisfying than takin' a deer that did exactly what you thought it might.
  4. elkdomBC

    elkdomBC New Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    NorthEast British Columbia Canada
    deer season ended a few weeks ago,,,and of coarse they were elusive and the good Bucks were pretty much nocturnal,, but you could find deer most any time of the day, one place or another,,, now at temperatures as low as minus-44 and over 7 feet of snow accumulated,they are NOT so elusive,,, I feed several dozen of them all winter, and several moose also

    so as close as 6 feet from my back door, I start my pic-up to warm up before leaving to work, they come like a herd of domestic pigs, to the hay bales and the oats put out in a feeder, my time of the year "to give back",,,,,,,,

    and a Happy and Safe New Year to ALL !

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  5. Utryme

    Utryme New Member

    Jan 20, 2013
    Deer locations

    The time to know where deer bed and travel is not in the middle of the season. Scouting, trail cams and a watchful eye married with google earth and topo info is what you need. Once you kick mature deer out of the primary beds, they change patterns. The big ones normally go full nocturnal.

    I harvested 80 deer on property I leased for ten years. The chump next door got jealous and out bid me on the lease. He quit hunting the property in year three because he wasn't getting any deer. The difference? I never disturbed bedding grounds till late season.
  6. Elkins45

    Elkins45 Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2009
    Northern KY
    The two biggest bucks I have taken in 20+ years of hunting were at 11:30am and 3:00pm. I see more deer early and late but I see the bigger ones mid-day.

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