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#2977426 - 10/11/12 03:15 PM Terrain question
8 Point

Registered: 07/18/01
Posts: 1705
Loc: Crossville, TN

I have been fortunate to find some dandy places to hunt this year, and lots of it has come from looking at current places I like to hunt on TOPO maps, and finding similiar looking places.

I have reached a theory, and want some of you to compound on it...

I find it much harder to pinpoint a good looking piece of terrain, when all the terrain is simliar. For example, if the entire area is hilly and ridgy, with mixed creeks, without knowing the specifics of the feeding and bedding areas, its much harder to figure out where the deer are moving.

That being said, if you are hunting somewhere that is basically featureless, slight topographical features can mean much more. Same principal applies to fishing. A 12" ditch doesnt mean much in 35' of water, but means a lot in 2' of water.

Does this make sense? In really featureless terrain, what features on a topo do you think stands out?
"Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison."- Gen 27:3

#2977462 - 10/11/12 03:51 PM Re: Terrain question [Re: Savage]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

 Originally Posted By: Savage
Does this make sense?

In areas that are all the same habitat, topography is EVERYTHING.
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

#2977489 - 10/11/12 04:18 PM Re: Terrain question [Re: BSK]

Registered: 08/31/02
Posts: 42314
Loc: Lebanon,TN USA

Deer don't like flat ground. A slight rise is enough to give a deer and orgasm when all around it is flat. In break in a monotonous terrain is pure gold.

But don't limit that to terrain. The same applies to vegetation. Remember, deer are fringe animals. Look for fringes or places where two distinctly different features of any sort meet.

That is where I would concentrate my scouting and I would not worry in the least about a bedding area. As a general rule in TN, a bedding is not only of no value, it may very well not exist. This is not the Midwest. A thicklet is not always, in fact, seldom is a bedding area. same is true of a big weedy field. Deer seem to like to bed on ridges where they can see in one direction and smell in another.

But not always. Deer bed where they want and there is nothing you can do make them stop.

Constipation has ruined many a good day. Not as many as stupidity, though.

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