Twenty Up wrote:
Southern Whitetails are a completely different sub-species than Midwestern and Northern deer. Our subspecies are “ mcilhennyi, osceola, and Seminolus “https://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/i/p ... bution.pdf
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I mention this because they act completely differently, think Beagle compared to a Lab..
Southern deer are more timid, cautious and smaller than their Northern & Midwestern counterparts.
Our unique weather plays a tremendous role in how they bed. We don’t get consistent, strong winds unless a front is pushing through. Our wind speed will generally be 0-7MPH down here, which means thermals play a huge role in how these animals bed and utilize the landscape. They’re going to bed up high and let the thermals come up to them, but in the mornings I believe they “stage” bed. In Hill country, I’ve found a lot of beds in open, hardwood hubs or thermal hubs. I believe the deer chew their cud in these open bottoms, letting the thermals from 2-3 ridges “fall” to them while watching their back trail. When the thermals switch, they rotate to their daytime beds (up high). I’ve seen too many deer from 8AM-10-30AM to believe otherwise.
I’ll add that I’ve had most of my success on mature bucks in the AM than PM.
That's not completely true.
The deer herd of Louisiana is made up of stocked deer brought into the state in the 50's and 60's if I remember correctly. The deer came from several mid west states.
That's why some parts of Louisiana the rut starts in September and as you move through the state the rut will move as well be gaining in September and ending in February depending on the area your hunting.
In my area it's 100% pine platations, long leaf pine and lobbloy pine is the main stay. When the timber company logs a area, that area will be fantastic as a feeding area aka clearcut but once the pines get to be about 5 to 15 foot tall, it will turn into bedding and the deer will start returning too more of a browse and hardmass diet from the surrounding creeks and drainages where the only hardwoods can be found.
These pine thicket's are so thick it's useless to try to hunt them except in late gun season on the most coldest of days.
The more mature pine plantings that have been wind rowed and allow you to get up the tree in a stand more then 15 foot tend to be the better bedding areas for the mature bucks. These areas are wide open underneath expect along transitions, like 2 stands of pines of diffrent age or along pipelines and powerlines and ofcourse along hillside drainages and creek bottoms. The best buck bedding I find in the mature pines is the almost impossible to see lil circular humps, some or most of these humps may only be higher then the surronding land by 6 inches to a foot and some as high as 2 foot. They are just out in the middle of nowheres. These humps tend to stay thick. So a buck will bed right up against it and beable too see a good ways down wind.
What I find is 99% of hunters won't go more then 50 yards off a trail, pipeline, powerline. Are they enter the woods vie wide open creeks where the oaks are and they hunt either in the creek are just on the pine edge of the creek So basicly they never break through the outer thick edge growth to see that the deer (younger bucks) and does are bedded most times within bow range right behind them watching them the whole time.
Now once you get past the outer edge and into the wide openness of a mature pine stand, what you will find is lil clumps of thick underbrush scattered through. This stuff grows where the opening in the canopy is just big enough to let in enough light and rainfall. And typically they are on a lil hump.
This is what my public lands look like for the most part, I do have a few oak thicket's on a few of them but I don't hunt them due too the deer activity is 100% nighttime because of the hunting pressure they draw. But I do hunt some of the edge thicket's that the bucks are useing as bedding. But for the most part the mature pines hold the bigger bucks.