How far will he go for food at night?

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How far will he go for food at night?

Unread postby Blakebry123 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:19 am

So I have a buck that has been showing up between the hours of 10-2 in the morning sporadically during the season. Around an acorn area that I’ve previously scouted. My question is, how far will a buck travel for food at night? Does it just vary? I have a swamp I thought he was Bedding in, but it’s about 2.5 miles away. It seemed kind of far for a buck to want to travel even at night. Any thoughts?


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Re: How far will he go for food at night?

Unread postby peteinvermont » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:31 am

There's a gps study from South Carolina, I think, and there was an older buck studied that traveled 2+ miles each night to a bean field.
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Re: How far will he go for food at night?

Unread postby Blakebry123 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:34 am

Ok so it’s not a far fetched routine?
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Re: How far will he go for food at night?

Unread postby Hawthorne » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:44 am

If that’s the closest big buck bedding area then I think it’s not out of the question. Just heard a podcast with Don Higgins. One of his 200” bucks he had on cam 3 miles apart within 17 hours. His area is mostly corn and beans with small pieces of cover
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Re: How far will he go for food at night?

Unread postby Blakebry123 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:55 am

I gotcha. I’m hunting mostly pine country with two swamps around me. One is maybe 200 yards long and 100 wide. The other is right in the edge of a drop zone(hunting an army base that drops soldiers over the dz). The drop zone is about 2.5 miles long and this swamp runs the entire length of it....so it’s a bit overwhelming. Gonna drive along the trails of the swamp and try to find tracks coming out of it.
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Re: How far will he go for food at night?

Unread postby Blakebry123 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:58 am

Any major beast hunters wish to dm me and give me your inputs on the area? I’m to the point I may just pay for Dans flight and let him come nail this buck down :lol:
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Re: How far will he go for food at night?

Unread postby Dewey » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:05 am

I have tracked multiple late season bucks from prime secure primary marsh beds that traveled almost 2 miles to a standing cornfield or other food source to feed. It’s nothing for a deer to travel a few miles to feed at night during times of high hunting pressure.

When the temps get brutally cold they may bed a little bit closer to conserve energy but you can bet if there is no real secure bedding close by they will still travel a long distance.
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Re: How far will he go for food at night?

Unread postby E72 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:16 am

Late season,I know of bucks that traveled more than a mile to feed on corn behind our house.
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Re: How far will he go for food at night?

Unread postby Blakebry123 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:17 am

Awesome much appreciated. Definitely hitting that swamp tomorrow then
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