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#3260653 - 06/03/13 03:22 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: gator-n-buck]
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 Originally Posted By: gator-n-buck
Saddle..... saddle..... saddle..... Leads..... leads..... Bowls..... bowls..... If you are in W. TN than it doesn't matter and hunt edges... \:\)


Do you carry a saddle, Lead and a Bowl in your fanny pack? \:D
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#3263293 - 06/07/13 07:58 AM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: Poser]
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He always does ;\)
 Originally Posted By: Poser
 Originally Posted By: gator-n-buck
Saddle..... saddle..... saddle..... Leads..... leads..... Bowls..... bowls..... If you are in W. TN than it doesn't matter and hunt edges... \:\)


Do you carry a saddle, Lead and a Bowl in your fanny pack? \:D
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#3263343 - 06/07/13 08:52 AM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
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.


These are great funnels. I love the inside corners during the rut.

I also second the buying of the book Mapping Trophy Bucks by Brad Herndon. Great book.

Remember to hunt the wind and like any other stand location, you CAN over pressure funnel stands. I usually save my best funnel stands for the right wind during the rut. They are cruising magnets.
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#3263348 - 06/07/13 09:05 AM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: whistlinwingman]
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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."
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#3263488 - 06/07/13 01:16 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
The book should have been called "Deer Hunting and Topography in the Midwest."


I haven't read the book. Did it not cover hunting in hilly or mountainous terrain (where terrain is everything)?
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#3263534 - 06/07/13 02:17 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: Poser]
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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."


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#3263543 - 06/07/13 02:28 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: W.Seay]
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I have to know, from one of the people who advised the book, is it worth it or could I get some advise about "big woods" hunting from you guys?
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#3263545 - 06/07/13 02:28 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BuckHunter511]
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Any other funnel finding/hunting tips?
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#3263566 - 06/07/13 03:09 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: Poser
The book should have been called "Deer Hunting and Topography in the Midwest."


I haven't read the book. Did it not cover hunting in hilly or mountainous terrain (where terrain is everything)?


Not so much. I mean its in there, but "Mountain "Hunting" unto itself is not addressed. However, you could apply more even terrain features to more extreme features in the mountains, in theory at least. That being said, when you look at a topo map where there are tons of lines crammed together (hilly/mountain terrain), you need to to be able to interpret not only isolated features (saddles, hilltop funnels etc), but the function of the larger area and how those terrain features connect with other features. To my recollection (I read the book 2 years ago and gave it to a friend who lives in Indiana), I don't recall the book addressing mountain/hilly terrain anything close to that specific. All of the pics were from the Midwest. In fact, I'm not sure of the author has ever hunted non-Midwest terrain, in which case, it might be difficult to claim authority on the subject of using terrain features to hunt deer no matter your geographical setting.

I mean, I get it. Books need to have as broad appeal as possible in order to seel copies. Writing a book on "How to hunt deer in the Mountains" or "How to hunt deer in the swamps" or "How to Hunt deer in the Desert" or, for that matter "How to Hunt Deer in the Suburbs" are likely too specific to sell enough copies to be successful, though they could certainly fill in a gap of deer hunting literature where, once again, anything outside of the Midwest doesn't seem to matter.

I'm trying not to be overly critical of the book or the author, I'm merely saying, I don't consider it a "go to" source for information on terrain features related to deer hunting.
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#3263567 - 06/07/13 03:11 PM Re: How to find/ hunt funnels? [Re: BuckHunter511]
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 Originally Posted By: BuckHunter511
I have to know, from one of the people who advised the book, is it worth it or could I get some advise about "big woods" hunting from you guys?


Its definitely not going to hurt to read it. In fact, seeing how you are having difficulty identifying any funnel, its probably a good start.

Can you post us up a Topo map as well as ariel of your hunting property? That would be the best way for others to give you advice and pointers on the terrain you are hunting.
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