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Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby Mtnbowhunter » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:03 am

How often are you guys jumping bucks when looking for beds? I been scouting every chance i get since February and have found a bunch of beds some worn out and full of hair and others just barely used and I still haven't jumped a buck out of the ones i assume are buck beds. I've checked some on different winds still with no luck lol. I've jumped a few does out of beds but that's all. Could it just be the low density here making it tough to catch em in a particular bed or could they just be sneaky enough to slip out without me seeing them?


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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby Whitetailaddict » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:11 am

It could be low density or maybe the deer are getting out of the beds before you see them. I've had situations where i just get a glimpse of a deer in the distance that had picked me way before i reached the bed while others I've been within 30 yds.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby bowfreak8 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:10 am

I feel like if it's doe bedding I usually see the doe but if it's buck bedding he slips out before I'm anywhere near.
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Unread postby Bowhunter4life » Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:58 am

Lower deer density no doubt would play a part in that. Even in areas around the mark twain I hunt with low deer density, I'll still catch a glimpse of a buck as I'm scouting for beds. It is a lot less than some of the better land I hunt that has higher deer density and crops on it.

You have to trust your scouting either way. Sure, we would all love to be able to bump the bed and see the buck headed out of it. Truth is, you will have a difficult time getting that close to them before they detect you and slip off.
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Unread postby keepthefevercalls » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:00 am

I have bumped 2 different decent bucks while scouting. One just last week. Typically they will let you walk right past and you never know they are there. They normally bust when I'm closer than 10 feet.

My friend was rabbit hunting one winter and starting jumping on a fallen pine when a giant came out right under his feet.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby Stanley » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:10 am

10% of the beds I locate. Jumped 2 last year.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby Jdw » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:24 am

Bowhunter4life wrote:Lower deer density no doubt would play a part in that. Even in areas around the mark twain I hunt with low deer density, I'll still catch a glimpse of a buck as I'm scouting for beds. It is a lot less than some of the better land I hunt that has higher deer density and crops on it.

You have to trust your scouting either way. Sure, we would all love to be able to bump the bed and see the buck headed out of it. Truth is, you will have a difficult time getting that close to them before they detect you and slip off.



I agree with this.

I see beds with fresh tracks leaving out the back side, on points in hill country, way more often the bucks themselves.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby Mtnbowhunter » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:43 am

Appreciate it guys. I was sure some of the beds I found were primary beds, but after not jumping any bucks I was kinda second guessing what i was finding. Seasons opens in the morning so i got couple beds I'm gonna slip in close to and see what happens.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby brancher147 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:16 am

bowfreak8 wrote:I feel like if it's doe bedding I usually see the doe but if it's buck bedding he slips out before I'm anywhere near.


Yep. Just because you didn't see the buck doesn't mean you didn't jump him. Look for fresh tracks leaving. This should be evident on almost any ground except bare rock if you jumped him out.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby mainebowhunter » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:11 am

I try to bump them every year. If I do not see the sign I want to see I push to the bed. I look for matted vegetation just to get a sense IF bed has seen recent use.

I was in a spot today scouting, pushing some beds. I put the wind in my favor and work my way in. These beds were stone cold. Sad because it is a perfect spot right on edge of cattails with prodicing red oak.

If I have sign..I do not push the bed.

As bh4l stated, when deer densities are higher it happens more.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby Tennhunter3 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:07 pm

I've jumped several this year mainly in pine or wet ground.

I never get close to ones on dry leaves.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby rfickes87 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:09 pm

If your that willing to jump the bedded deer (like me) why not put a camera on the beds?
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby Mtnbowhunter » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:25 pm

rfickes87 wrote:If your that willing to jump the bedded deer (like me) why not put a camera on the beds?

I believe I'm gonna try that on a couple of the beds and leave it on em for a full season and just see what uses em.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby mainebowhunter » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:34 pm

Mtnbowhunter wrote:
rfickes87 wrote:If your that willing to jump the bedded deer (like me) why not put a camera on the beds?

I believe I'm gonna try that on a couple of the beds and leave it on em for a full season and just see what uses em.


Cameras will miss a lot. Bucks bed multiple beds in a bedding area. I would much rather have camera at a destination spot and work backwards from there. Like a food source...ground scrape.

I find a lot of beds in a season. I scout a lot of spots all in different progessions. Some I have plans on hunting this season...some I do not. My lowest deer density spots prove the toughest to put bucks in beds.
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Re: Jumping bedded bucks

Unread postby rfickes87 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:35 am

Yeah i totally agree with back tracking trom the bed. I just did that too recently on a trail leading to a point on a hill where I found beds.
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