may21581 wrote: bigredneck61088 wrote:
I'll start off saying I have been hunting this spot for a few years now and it is a small private piece with not much woods. Access is tough without blowing deer unless you have the right conditions but its a bedding area/funnel all in one. Basically an 80 yard wide stretch of creek bottom between two fields with a creek on my access side. Based on encounters last year I had a pre set stand in there where I could walk the creek in and slip right up into the edge of the bedding area to the south.
Earlier in season they bed all over on this piece and sometimes in my lap, I had encounters with two other shooters the two times I have sat it this season but they stood up out of range and went the opposite direction. Third time was the charm apparently and went in on a straight W 15 mph wind hoping to catch a cruiser in the funnel and/or scent checking the bottom/opposite field and come right to me. I got in and saw a small buck around 2pm, it was slow most of the next two hours until a spike came right down the pipe where I wanted them... Later a doe popped out from bedding and had 3 other small bucks on her (assuming she was the first in heat there), then this buck came out of the creek and gave me a 30 yard shot. I hit him in the spine and he went down immediately.... Shortest drag ever since I could drive my truck to the creek
Headed to PA for my rut cation to be humbled by mountain deer..
So i have been experimenting with some creek bottoms and have sat a few this year. By chance is this spot good when the wind is blowing the same direction as the creek? Most of the sits I have found successful in these spots the wind blows the same direction as the creek or close to it and i will sit on the downwind side. This seems to work like a charm at creek crossings and funnels that have high banks.
Wind was in my face, this spot is a small creek bottom
But between two fields with bedding on one end, so more of a cruising spot close to beds I can’t hunt it with wind running the way the creek does