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#3256468 - 05/28/13 01:53 PM How to find/ hunt funnels?
BuckHunter511
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Subject says it all. I have a hard time finding one ( never really found one or hunted over one in the woods) in wooded areas. But how do you find funnels in woods. In all my 7 years of hunting, I've never found one. Any pictures of any on a topo or areal map? Thanks.
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#3256479 - 05/28/13 02:11 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BuckHunter511]
catman529
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Depends on the deer and the habitat I guess, for example a strip of woods connecting 2 wooded areas between fields might funnel deer movement so they don't have to use the fields to travel between wooded areas... I know of such a funnel on pubic land but honestly I've had more success hunting the cedar thicket portion rather than the funnel itself. Maybe due to hunter pressure limiting day movement thru the funnel. Who knows, I'm far from expert.
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#3256486 - 05/28/13 02:26 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: catman529]
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Bobby Worthington (from Pikeville TN) describes funnels in detail in his "hunting trophy whitetails" book. I think that is the name of his book...
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#3256487 - 05/28/13 02:29 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: catman529]
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My favorite is a saddle in a long ridge or a gap in a long bluff line. All terrain dependent. Also have a dandy that I posted a 3D of on here last year that is a big flat at the tip of steep long ridge. Sides of the ridge are very steep, at the end it flattens off about 3/4 of the way up before going down steep again. That funnels deer right through the flat instead of them taking the steeper way. Took a good 8 there this past year.
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#3256489 - 05/28/13 02:37 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: smstone22]
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A big dead fall can create a funnel. You can create your own funnel by cutting certain trees. Deer, that are not pressured will always take the path of least resistance, in short they are lazy. A cut in a fence can create a "funnel".
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#3256498 - 05/28/13 02:56 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: in the dog house!]
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Inside corners of fields are great. The deer often travel 5 to 30 yards inside the wood line and just inside of the woods on a field corner is a great place to intercept them.

Creek crossings are great. Especially if the creek has steep banks or is too wide to jump in most places. Deer will often cross at the easiest spots.

A downed section, hole in a fence, or crossing under a fence. I have seen deer walk 60 yards out of their way to cross a section of downed fence even though they could easily jump the fence at any point.
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#3256672 - 05/28/13 08:32 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BuckHunter511]
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 Originally Posted By: BuckHunter511
Subject says it all. I have a hard time finding one ( never really found one or hunted over one in the woods) in wooded areas. But how do you find funnels in woods. In all my 7 years of hunting, I've never found one. Any pictures of any on a topo or areal map? Thanks.


If you are wanting to see how it looks on topo maps, I'd suggest buying Mapping Trophy Bucks by Brad Herndon. He does the best job of explaining terrain features and how to identify them on maps of any book I have read. The book is well worth the cost(Amazon-$12.48 new) in the amount of scouting time it can save you by knowing where to go in limited scouting time.
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#3256682 - 05/28/13 08:41 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: scn]
BowGuy84
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scout in the winter and hunt the wind...most basic answer to your 2 questions.

As alluded to by others, the longer answers can (and have) be covered in books.

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#3256780 - 05/28/13 10:19 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BowGuy84]
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Saddles, ravines coming into hollows, benches, maybe where hollows intersect, inside corners, places where cover gets constricted. As mentioned deer usually take the path of least resistance, but that also provides the best cover and allows them to use the nose. Low spots in terrain tend to contain a lot of travel corridors I believe this is because the wind tends to flow like water runs, to the lowest spot however thermals may oppose that and even create swirls. Basically tho anywhere movement gets constricted, usually for ease of travel or self preservation.
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#3256781 - 05/28/13 10:21 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BHC]
BHC
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Read the book mapping trophy bucks
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