Hodag Hunter wrote:
fishlips wrote:I like the information about bed size. Could see that being very helpful going forward being I am not as seasoned as others are in identifying a yearling buck bed vs doe vs mature buck bed.
I think anyone writing an article like this is going to be hard pressed to identify all the intricacies of all deer in every different terrain. I think for the most part, this gets you in the ballpark of what you are looking for. What I always struggle with is taking the next step and honing my approach in the field. I think that is a key attribute that good hunters have.
His idea on measuring bed size.....if the terrain is conducive to accurately measure bed size then a deer's track should be quite identifiable and indicate size of the animal.
I go with track sizes (and helps identify individual bucks) vs. bed measuring.
But again to each his own. Use the information that applies to your area.[ Post made via Android ]
I guess for more of a novice like me, it seems like there are fewer variables in gauging a bed size than a track. Every time I feel like I am getting a better understanding with tracks, it seems like there is some other variable to consider (size of deer, running vs walking, what type of ground the track was left in, etc). A big bed to me is a a big bed. Guess it's my way of saying that barring a monster track, this is a way that I probably can better understand and relate to vs deciphering a track.
No doubt, I would love to learn more about tracks as well though.