tough one to hunt?

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tough one to hunt?

Unread postby kenn1320 » Fri May 06, 2011 4:58 am

I found a bed this past weekend that was in knee deep water with lots of brush/mature timber. The water table is rather high right now, maybe its not so wet there later in the year. What I found was a mature tree with the perfect oval idland on it that was 3ftx5ft and covered up with hair. Directly on the opposite side of the tree was a relatively small hump that had some hair. The bed faced West/NW and the big tree was between the deer and the closest dry land. This dry land is East of this bed 50+yds and with all the brush/tree's you could not see dry ground from this bed. I thought Jackpot, found the perfect bed. I looked around and only found 1 rub, big around as my thumb. That concerned me, as there were plenty of things to rub in this area, but maybe they arent preffered species to rub? As I headed where I thought he entered/exited to the dry land, I jumped several deer. Upon reaching dry land where those deer were bedded, I found scattered beds, all with hair and they were in this waiste high picker bush stuff that is now greening up. Not Briars, but some sort of low growing bush that has pickers on it and leaves all along its branches. So now Im wondering, is this really a buck bed, or when pressured are those does gathering up tightly on that little dry hump in the water? Lets say its a bucks bed, how would you get to the edge of that swamp without alerting him by bumping those does? This might be one of those spots where you come in from the swamp on an East wind pre dawn and have a shot to this hump. What are your thoughts?

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Re: tough one to hunt?

Unread postby PLB » Fri May 06, 2011 5:41 am

Sounds like a classic big buck bed to me ;) The 1 big rub you found is classic too! Big deer get big for a reason and don't need to leave sign all over the place. 2 and 3 year olds do that! Without a map it tough to say how to set up on him but I think it would be tough to get in there undetected in the morning. I would figure out a way to set up for an evening hunt where you can take your time and sneak in undetected.
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Re: tough one to hunt?

Unread postby dan » Fri May 06, 2011 9:20 am

It would take some good scouting work to figure out where and how to set up without alerting the satalite beds.

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