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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby TheBuckPsych » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:49 am

Osborn Outdoors wrote:We were surprised by the amount of hair.

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Now see the last pic ive seen and still see alot of spots like this snd diddnt really know they were beds. Now i do
I found one like this a few years ago and it stunk like musky pee. It was really really strong
It just never clicked on what it was til now.
Thats a cool bed its like a little chamber withing that thicket lol. Now would that be most likely a mature bucks bed?


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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby Bedbug » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:05 am

Couple from this weekend.
Flat land prairie to trees for miles I've seen the buck that beds here. He is untouchable in this bed.
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Rolling hills prairie.
This one I wanted to come back to after bumping 2 younger bucks. They were in satellite beds 40 yards from the tip of a point. Small patch of tree's on the very point was the mature bucks bed.
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His down wind view.
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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby ghoasthunter » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:40 am

Wannabelikedan wrote:
DaveT1963 wrote:wow those are awesome pics. Where I hunt you will seldom find beds that used. I would love for a few days of snow to be able to locate some bedding areas. As it is, we have no snow, huge expanses of thick brush and the deer seldom use the same beds - they more often use areas. The only effective way I have been able to hunt these beds is to isolate and set up on their morning approach (usually downwind - always downwind in the case of 4 year old bucks). Evenings are typically a bust as it is too hot (bucks stay pretty nocturnal until Late Nov) and just to noisy to approach close enough.


Dave is just a hair further south than i am but shares in the same struggles of finding bedding. Not saying it’s extremely hard finding bedding in the south, it’s just not as obvious and concrete on the details. I’d say it takes more observation to really fine tune a bedding hunt plan. Though the bedding principles are the same for bucks in all regions of the country, I’m almost convinced or completely convinced on some differences in bed characteristics Northern regions vs Southern regions.

You guys up north have it good on finding hair in the beds. Significantly thicker winter coats and longer more visible hairs. Best chance of getting visible hair in beds here is when they start shedding in late March and after.

The vast amount of thick cover provides so much potential bedding that worn to the dirt beds are quite rare. If you find one here, you’ll never forget it. Marshy areas with cattails and marsh grasses are usually too small and fragmented to be sufficient bedding areas. Extended and ever shifting green zones also allow for infinite bedding choices. Bedding “areas”are more prevalent and not so heavily wind dependent when they’re briar thickets on flat to marginal slopes. Within those are more options to bed to the point they don’t need to bed in one distinct spot in order to get the benefit. It takes a pretty extreme wind shift for them to need to relocate to a new bedding area altogether.

With so many available places to bed, competition for beds is almost non existent outside of the rut. With that you get a lack of rubs signaling use of beds in early and late season. Couple that with an extended rut time frame, bucks tend to be more nomadic looking for estrous does from late October through the end of January. No need to stay in one area for too long and leave significant amounts of sign.

When deer are having to “share”bedding areas with feral hogs, you’re going to lose deer bedding sign. I say it’s very common deer get pushed out of beds because of hogs. If they aren’t staying there long, they can’t leave long term use sign.

These are just differences I’m seeing how deer choose bedding here and how I see them use those areas. They’re still just as huntable as anywhere but one has to understand the twists involved in the process. Not every region is going to play to the exact same beat. I’m keeping a folder of bed pics and will post them soon enough to show not all buck beds are carved out of the same stone.

sounds like your hogs cause the same problem as bears were I live focus on beds with less hog activity even if its not as good with cover and in the thick look for terrain features that stand out above the rest the mature bucks are going to only use the perfect beds eyes ears nose they need to be fool proof holy cow beds
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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby Lockdown » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:28 pm

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Beds against horizontal limb, nothing laid there recently.
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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby TheBuckPsych » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:42 am

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Beds against horizontal limb, nothing laid there recently.



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Cool pics man awesome
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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby Tater » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:19 am

Bedbug wrote:Couple from this weekend.
Flat land prairie to trees for miles I've seen the buck that beds here. He is untouchable in this bed.
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Rolling hills prairie.
This one I wanted to come back to after bumping 2 younger bucks. They were in satellite beds 40 yards from the tip of a point. Small patch of tree's on the very point was the mature bucks bed.
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His down wind view.
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That last pic, wow he would have anyone approaching pegged.
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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby tgreeno » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:14 am

Beds in small dry clumps are in marshes, surrounded by water.

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Next to cedar trees in a swamp.

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Random farmland beds

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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby Machado » Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:40 pm

Jumping in with some beds found spring scouting...
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If you look at the top left of this bed image you can see my silver truck! Finger tip bedding in cattails
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Unread postby rfickes87 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:08 pm

Zona wrote:
Dhurtubise wrote:Undercliff bed. Years of use along with a natural protection against the elements have helped conserve a natural bed filled with droppings.

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Those look like porcupine droppings. Sure there isn't a den somewhere in those rocks?


You know it's funny i just saw this picture. I recently found a point with bedding all around. I walked to the top of this point and there were some huge boulders like that. I found this exact same scenario with the droppings everywhere. I also noticed a chewed up tree as if a porcupine did it. The droppings also were light brown not dark like deer. So i assumed a porcupine must be there often.
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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby 218er » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:50 pm

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Unread postby Mario » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:33 pm

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Re: DEER BED PICS

Unread postby trapper57 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:35 pm

Cool bed with shade
Had a bunch of hair in it

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