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#3263574 - 06/07/13 03:26 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: Poser]
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Thanks Poser.
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#3263740 - 06/07/13 08:29 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: Poser]
whistlinwingman
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
I'm not crazy about the Mapping Trophy Bucks book. There's definitely no harm in reading it, but I think that book is way to regional in its advice and, though it claims to be very specific, it seemed very general to me. I'd give the book a C, C+ at best.

I suppose it depends on where you are at in your understanding of terrain and the way deer use them. If you have a difficult time identifying funnels or are relatively new to hunting, the book could serve as a decent introduction. For the intermediate to experienced hunter, not so much. I didn't see much of anything in the book that a walk in the woods in January wouldn't tell you about how the deer use terrain and I do not recall seeing much actual advice on how specifically targeting "trophy bucks" as the title implies. The book should have been called "Deer Hunting and Topography in the Midwest."


I totally see where you are coming from. For a beginner its a great read. If you are experienced in using topo maps its so-so. But, like most other hunting books, it gets you in a certain mind-set for the subject but you have to apply your own experience and your own topography to the situation IMO.

I had hunted certain areas for several years that I thought were real hotspots and funnels. But after reading this book I realized some where very common funnels that I learned to look for on a topo when hunting new areas. That way I could walk straight to those areas to scout instead of walking all over to find the funnels.
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#3263802 - 06/07/13 11:24 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: whistlinwingman]
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http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x437/rgooch89/null_zps9e90dd08.jpg

Here is a aerial photo not the best example, but it can serve as a reference. The red line is a likely travel route that everyone is calling an inside corner. Notice if the deer walks north of there he risks revealing himself in the field, or if he travels south of there he exposes himself in the young clear cut. The yellow lines are saddles. These are not the best examples, but it's basically a low spot maybe what you'd call a ditch or ravine. In these cases they are either connecting to larger hollows or coming up from a hollow towards a field. In many cases a deer will leave the big hollow and follow this going to bed in this case in the small pines. Or maybe he's bedded in the pines and gets up and follows it to the field. This is probably because he can better use his nose or stay hidden in this lower terrain. The blue line is a break line it's just a line where two different types of cover meet. Many times you'll find active trails, rub lines or scrape lines in these places. Another one not marked is a converging hub, which is jus where multiple funnels meet. This is not a great map or markings but maybe it'll help and give you some reference. Saddles are my favorite!
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#3263949 - 06/08/13 12:29 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: Poser]
BuckHunter511
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Question Poser, How do I post a picture of my place on a topo?
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#3263952 - 06/08/13 12:33 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BHC]
BuckHunter511
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So saddle is just a lower " safer feeling area deer like to travel in? I thought deer like to take the highest ground possible?
 Originally Posted By: BHC
http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x437/rgooch89/null_zps9e90dd08.jpg

Here is a aerial photo not the best example, but it can serve as a reference. The red line is a likely travel route that everyone is calling an inside corner. Notice if the deer walks north of there he risks revealing himself in the field, or if he travels south of there he exposes himself in the young clear cut. The yellow lines are saddles. These are not the best examples, but it's basically a low spot maybe what you'd call a ditch or ravine. In these cases they are either connecting to larger hollows or coming up from a hollow towards a field. In many cases a deer will leave the big hollow and follow this going to bed in this case in the small pines. Or maybe he's bedded in the pines and gets up and follows it to the field. This is probably because he can better use his nose or stay hidden in this lower terrain. The blue line is a break line it's just a line where two different types of cover meet. Many times you'll find active trails, rub lines or scrape lines in these places. Another one not marked is a converging hub, which is jus where multiple funnels meet. This is not a great map or markings but maybe it'll help and give you some reference. Saddles are my favorite!
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#3263954 - 06/08/13 12:35 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BuckHunter511]
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Here is a link where I have a 3D view of my place. The red is logging road.
http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=3258848&page=0&fpart=1
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#3263958 - 06/08/13 12:39 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BuckHunter511]
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More or less, no they difinitetly do not typically take the high ground. When traveling a hollow there will typically be a trail in the very bottom and another half way to 3/4 of the way up the side of a hill.. In this scenario if you can find where the terrain gets really steep or where a creek narrows their travel, you've found a funnel.
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#3263960 - 06/08/13 12:42 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BHC]
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Gotcha!
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#3264638 - 06/09/13 04:10 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BuckHunter511]
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 Originally Posted By: BuckHunter511
Question Poser, How do I post a picture of my place on a topo?


Go to MyTopo.com, find your property and take a screen shot.
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#3264950 - 06/09/13 10:03 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: Poser]
BHC
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I ordered a big topo off mytopo, it's a lot better quality that what they'll let you see before you purchase it....
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