G3s wrote:Late season is probably my favorite time of the year to hunt. The mature bucks around here are on red alert after a long gun season, but once they arent interested in the does I go back to hunting bedding areas. I try to get as close as I can without getting busted. A lot of the time the deer will not hit the feed fields until dark or shortly after. It seems that preferred bedding areas stay very consistent this time of year because they have adapted to the hunting pressure and feel safe where they have been holed up for the past few weeks. I have had better luck hunting preferred water sources than I have preferred food sources. It seems I can usually count on seeing deer mid days at secluded water areas
Can you expand a little more about preferred water sources? How to locate them, what you're looking for? How you set up.[ Post made via iPad ]
I find and set up preferred water just like I do food. I find the areas that contain the most sign, large tracks, heavy trails. I look for topography that will dictate movement if available (steep cliffs/hills/thick cover) Basically the exact same idea behind finding the food they want. I usually set up a little bit higher in the locales to be able to use thermals and height to cover my stand from detection. Not sure of your area but we have water literally everywhere and with the right scouting trip it doesnt take to long to find the heaviest watering area. I will have to do some photo journals on this when I make my next trip. If I had to pick one spot on a map for looking at water sources, I would find a deep bend in a creek of river and start there. I have had a lot of success looking for feeder creeks as well. When I find a feeder creek flowing into a river I follow it to the head and look there. Generally I find some great looking cover right at the source of the creek be it an artisan well or simply where the creek comes out of the ground. It has been a great spot to find beds, heavy trails, rubs, ect. I cant explain why as yet..I have not figured that part out. Maybe it is the cover associated with the wet soil, maybe it is a mineral rich soil from the spring, not sure...Hope to figure that part out in the near future.