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High ridges over water - river, creek, lake

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:58 am
by mheichelbech
Has anyone found that mature bucks gravitate more or less towards the side of a property when there is a large steep drop off to water? My thinking is they generally wouldn’t because an entire avenue of escape if eliminated.

Curious to know what others experiences have been on properties like this.

Re: High ridges over water - river, creek, lake

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:20 pm
by North
I've found multiple bucks this season bedding on the leeward slope overlooking a pond. Not that steep though, only about 30 degrees.

Last night actually I spotted a buck bedding just like this. With the foliage mostly gone he could scan the entire hillside on the other side of the pond plus a huge area on his flank. I suspect he picked that spot because there are a bunch of does trails he could view right from the bed.

Re: High ridges over water - river, creek, lake

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:31 pm
by mheichelbech
North wrote:I've found multiple bucks this season bedding on the leeward slope overlooking a pond. Not that steep though, only about 30 degrees.

Last night actually I spotted a buck bedding just like this. With the foliage mostly gone he could scan the entire hillside on the other side of the pond plus a huge area on his flank. I suspect he picked that spot because there are a bunch of does trails he could view right from the bed.

YeA I was more curious about if they might prefer bedding against the river ridge edge as protection against predators or not bedding as an escape route is eliminated. The ridge drops basically straight down 90 degrees and the buck would like die or be severely injured in an uncontrolled descent. There may be some edge below the top but not much.