Using Sightings to Pattern Deer

In the most recent episode of Whitetail Season, I went into some detail about how I use history with a buck to help me set the plan for the next season. I have had some success with this in the past and we’ll hammer the point hard in the next episode too. For example, my history with the buck we’ve named “Big” has taught me a lot. I have many data points on the aerial photo where I (or others) have seen Big, photographed him or found his sheds. Assuming we have his range covered pretty well through several seasons of hunting him, I can use the map and the dots to suggest where his core area is most likely located—the area with the highest dot density.

The second thing I look for is his direction of movement. This is much more subtle and often overlooked, but it tells you a lot. When you see a deer, ask yourself where is he coming from and going to? It matters. When you get a trail-cam photo of the buck, try to determine this. This may not be foolproof, but you will start to see tendencies, and those tendencies will tell you things, such as where he is most likely feeding or bedding.

So, come back next week for the next episode of Whitetail Season. I’ll dive into these aspects of charting a buck’s movements to arrive at the most likely bedding areas, the core area, where he probably feeds and, ultimately, where he is likely most vulnerable.

And, yes, at the end of the last episode that doe you hear blowing was blowing at me. Not because she heard me whispering, but because the wind was light and swirled just a bit and she picked us up. A few deer ran off, but a few others came out shortly after, so it didn’t do any real damage. At this time of the year, the deer are pretty mellow and will tolerate a bit more. They know they are safe now. Until next week, be safe and dream of big deer.

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