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#2971004 - 10/06/12 01:27 PM Re: Big woods deer [Re: lung punch]
wayers
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id say saddles or mabey save it for muzzl and rifle season
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#2971191 - 10/06/12 05:56 PM Re: Big woods deer [Re: wayers]
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Just a thought when you get serious about trying to kill a mature buck...or any buck.

Best thing to do is ignore scrapes. But look for the solitary rub on the side of the ridge, just under the crest. As all the other deer may walk on top the ridge, them older buckses tend to slip around the edge some. Quite likely you will not see a trail or any indication a deer passed that way. Does not matter. Look for the things you can't see.

I absolutely love bog woods. If I was a couple years younger, I take me a couple days and come scout that for you.
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#2971609 - 10/07/12 08:29 AM Re: Big woods deer [Re: EastTNHunter]
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 Originally Posted By: EastTNHunter
Also look for "edges" amd thickets. They may not be topographical, but they still funnel deer.


In "big woods" environments, you don't have any edges or thickets because there is no change in habitat. "Big woods" hunting is about hunting big expanses of unbroken hardwoods.
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#2971611 - 10/07/12 08:31 AM Re: Big woods deer [Re: LessIsLess]
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 Originally Posted By: LessIsLess
 Originally Posted By: BSK

Deer can walk anywhere in hilly big woods. However, they usually take the path of least resistence. And for going up and down those steep hillsides, look for anything that makes that vertical climb less difficult. Look for any topographic feature that reduces the steepness, especially small secondary points dropping down from the primary ridge-line. Deer use these as "ramps" to go up and down the hillsides, and useful secondary points can be very subtle yet still attract considerable movement focus.


Why I've always loved a good saddle!


Saddles are definitely good terrain "bottlenecks." And they don't have to be a significant lower spot in a ridge-line to be used. Some of my favorite saddles don't even show up on a topo map because the "saddle" is only 4 to 5 feet lower in elevation than the rest of the ridge-line.
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#2971718 - 10/07/12 10:52 AM Re: Big woods deer [Re: cecil30-30]
7mminatree
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I like what bowriter said' I try to set-up on easterly to southeasterly ridges just under the top. If there is a drainage or small saddle that makes it even better. When the rut is on bucks like to cruze just under ridge tops where they can catch westerly or northwestly winds and when its cold and frosty the deer will feed on the sunny side of the ridge in the mornings. This is a time proven method that has work for me for last forty years on public land.
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#2971724 - 10/07/12 10:59 AM Re: Big woods deer [Re: 7mminatree]
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They also feel more secure on the "sides". They can drop off into the hollow out off sight very quickly.
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