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#3037836 - 11/17/12 04:23 PM Help with bedding areas
MattR
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I have a spot where there are quite a few hardwoods, some thick stuff, and lots of beds and poop. I hunted it this morning and got there about 30 minutes before the first hint of light, i was about 75 yds from the bedding area in a kind of open spot, didnt see a single deer. Does anyone have reccomendations on what time of day to hunt and maybe how far to set up from the beds? Thanks
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#3037968 - 11/17/12 06:09 PM Re: Help with bedding areas [Re: MattR]
travle
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hey matt i'm on my phone right now but when i get home i will give you a link to an interesting article that i read this afternoon. it should answer question. it opened my eyes
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#3038013 - 11/17/12 06:39 PM Re: Help with bedding areas [Re: travle]
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im interested in this as well.
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#3038110 - 11/17/12 07:35 PM Re: Help with bedding areas [Re: 93civEJ1]
travle
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Here you go guys read this whole article. It will probably help ya'll out.

Understanding Morning Hunting...Bedding Areas To

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#3038317 - 11/17/12 10:14 PM Re: Help with bedding areas [Re: travle]
Josiah
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Great article, I wish he would proofread it, but I loved the information. Thanks.
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#3038389 - 11/18/12 01:04 AM Re: Help with bedding areas [Re: MattR]
bowriter
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 Originally Posted By: MattRitter
I have a spot where there are quite a few hardwoods, some thick stuff, and lots of beds and poop. I hunted it this morning and got there about 30 minutes before the first hint of light, i was about 75 yds from the bedding area in a kind of open spot, didnt see a single deer. Does anyone have reccomendations on what time of day to hunt and maybe how far to set up from the beds? Thanks


Could well be because it isn't a bedding area. Good chance it is a feeding area and was used at night. Deer don't bed and sleep as we do.
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#3038392 - 11/18/12 01:14 AM Re: Help with bedding areas [Re: bowriter]
Josiah
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I always thought of bedding areas as the super thick stuff that deer know humans don't want to walk in...briars, tall grass, etc...am I off in that assessment?
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#3038443 - 11/18/12 05:39 AM Re: Help with bedding areas [Re: Josiah]
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Yes. Deer often bed on open ridges and in open fields. It isn't all about hiding.
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#3038450 - 11/18/12 05:50 AM Re: Help with bedding areas [Re: bowriter]
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I have never saw, or found what I think is a bedding area. If there is such a thing, would it not be absolutely covered up with beds. What beds I have found, are like a few here and there, not mutiples like you would think. How many have been watching deer feed for a while, then just bed down in the same spot. I have, so at that time and point I guess I was hunting a bedding area, but I would not base my next hunt on them bedding there, but would base it on I saw deer there, and they had a food source.
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#3038622 - 11/18/12 08:27 AM Re: Help with bedding areas [Re: yamaha200]
MattR
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Bucks will some times bed down in the exact same spot. I know this because of what I have seen in the field. So, say on public hunting land, its flat and not a whole lot of area, that they wont bed down almost day after day in the same area? Pretty sure that they know it is the safest area, plus it has food, thick, and water. This spot in east tn had literally over 50 rubs , and countless beds. They will also use the same spots every year for breeding sometimes, that is what the east tn spot was.
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