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Deer During the Day

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

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  1. rallyhound

    rallyhound Member

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    About 80% of my deer kills are between 11 and 3 .

    It's good to sleep in when it's zero deg at 6 am.

    By staying out in the daytime I can stay still longer without freezing.
     
  2. Win73

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    A benefit of hunting here in Alabama besides our 3 1/2 month long deer season is that it almost never gets down to zero. In fact it is not too unusual to go a whole winter without getting below 20. During our bow season which opens in mid October, I often hunt in just my shirt sleeves. Just this season I was sweating while bow hunting from my ladder stand.

    Right now the temp is 57 degrees. It is supposed to get into the 60's here today. Just a couple of days ago it was in the 70's.
     
  3. hq

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    Try 250gram+ arctic overalls, battery operated heating socks/gloves/vest and have a heavy breakfast/lunch before heading out. Last weekend we got 10°F, steady 20-25mph wind, some snow and 29 whitetails during one and a half days. :)
     
  4. Duane M

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    I never never shot a deer after 9:00 am or before 3:00 pm. Probably because I leave at 9 and go back out at 3. But, I do know you can have success if you stay out. Too long a day for me and I get my deer every year anyway. If I could only get out in the middle of the day I would go. Good hunting!
     
  5. d2wing

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    Deer do get up and feed during the day, and some bucks are on patrol. Some are bedded on hard to approach hillsides. Generally near or in cover. I love sneaking around the woods myself. Move slow and don't make noise especially squeak or rattle noises from equipment. Although some guys claim deer ignore you if you are loud and are running a chain saw. Not my style.
     
  6. T Bran

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    My biggest bucks have all been killed after 9:00 in the morning. It takes more time to hit all of the scrapes in the circuit that they seem to make daily. I suppose that is part of the reason the are a bit behind schedule.

    Occasionally I have deer ease up to the camp when I'm running the weed wacker. New noises seem to make them curious at times. The daughter of one of my neighbors has shot a deer each year for a while now while sitting in a stand jamming on her Ipod at live levels. I dont know for sure what curiosity did to the cat but it has been the end of a few deer.

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  7. Duane M

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    T Bran that's funny. I reminds me of duck hunting. When the ducks wouldn't decoy the old man I hunted with would put on the radio and turn up the volume. Ha, we shot many a duck decoying to Country Western music.
     
  8. BBQLS1

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    Deer don't always keep the same pattern. Sometimes pressure will push them to become nocturnal. They might sleep, if it's cold, they might need to eat during the day, maybe there isn't much pressure. Around here, we've had such a bumper crop of acorns that we don't see them in the food plots much (also, we didn't get much rain at the right time so they aren't that great anyways).

    There are many factors to consider.
     
  9. sage5907

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    Mencius, if you really want to understand deer habits the best video I have ever seen is by Roger Raglin and the name is Bowhunting Nightclub Zones. Look it up on a google search if you are interested. Best money you will ever spend.
     
  10. Mencius

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    Ok, I will have to take a look and see if I can track that video down.

    Thanks for the tip.
     
  11. ridgerunner1965

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    i have hunted deer for over 25 yrs and have prob shot a deer during every hour of the day between daylight and dark.includeing large buks.if the rut is on, all bets are off. that big buk will be running every doe trail he can find.or that little stupid yearling doe he is with will draw him out in the open cuz he just cant stand to leave her.

    the biggest deer ive ever seen was with a little yearling doe during the MO youth season.i was sitting on one ridge and my son was on the next.the buk walked up and looked at me rite in the eye from 60 yrds.it was about 3 in the afternoon.they messed around in front of me for 45 min or so.he would not leave that doe. then he crossed the fence where my son could see him.booom dead buk!

    another poster said you wont get one off the couch. well i have, but thats very good advice.if you cant hunt till noon or whenever get out there and just hunt.the more hours in the woods will equal more deer.
     
  12. Mencius

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    y'all are right about the more time in the woods = more deer. Perhaps not more deer per hour hunting, but more deer altogether. I was actually on the way to my mom's house today to get something we had stored for the kids and had to stop by a couple fields I hunt and ease across them just in case. DIdn't see anything, but did run up a herd of about 10 in the truck on the way there. End of the season is getting close...
     
  13. Pistol Ranch

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    Biggest buck I ever shot was by tricking a back into thinking I had left my blind..Buddy drove up, open and slammed truck door and drove away. 20 minutes later, Mr. Big was on the ground..Time was about 9:30 A.M.
     
  14. Davek1977

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    I typically get three days to hunt deer every year, and I've harvested a buck every year aside from one, that I recall. I've shot more deer between 9 AM and 5PM than I have earlier or later. I do NOT stand hunt however, and go to the deer rather than let them come to me in the vast majority of cases
     
  15. redneck2

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    A big mistake is thinking all deer do the same thing all the time. Does act much differently from most bucks most of the year. Big, smart bucks typically move very little in the open in daylight. They typically like to stay in heavy cover during daylight.

    The rut is the exception. That's when they'll move all day, and take the easiest, fastest path such as open lanes and logging trails any time of the day or night. If you can find a scrape line within the woods, set up over that with the wind in your favor and stay put. Does will bed within maybe 30 yards of a scrape waiting on a buck

    I'd strongly suggest against walking the woods (bedding areas) any more than absolutely necessary. In most areas of the midwest, it's difficult to stalk deer. They see/smell you long before you see them. You'll see the white flash of a deer that's now looking for a new home.

    I hunt private land that has lots of deer. Well, until we stomp thru the bedding areas. Bucks particularly need to feel secure. If you disrupt their bedding, you'll drive them off to someplace they do feel secure.

    We've made a point of not walking the bedding areas. We see deer every day. I've passed probably twenty shots this year just hunting around the edges. Also, try not to use the same stand multiple times. They'll know where you are and change travel pattern to avoid it.

    You'll see does in the middle of the day if their feeding area is secluded.
     
  16. Mencius

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    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?
     
  17. redneck2

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    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
     
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  18. buck460XVR

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    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.
     
  19. elkdomBC

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    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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    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.
     
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    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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