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I was coming out of the stand about 10 days ago and bumped a large buck bedded in a small pocket of woods. The wind was in my face but I'm sure he seen me and took off. My question is this and its pretty vague but what can you expect out of a mature deer when you bump him out of his bed on your way back to your truck? I never thought he would bed in this particular spot thats why I chose to enter and exit my place in this way. I haven't sat on my place since then and am looking to hunt this Friday for the first time in a couple weeks.

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I'm guessing there's not a lot of hunting pressure where you're at, so I'm going to say he probably didn't go too far. I've spooked deer on my way into the woods, only to have them come back past my stand later on in the day. I wouldn't worry about it. Thumbs up

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I agree with I_D and also be wary of the same area for he could be bedded there again.

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White Tails are legendary for their tolerance for human activity. As has already been mentioned I'm sure everything will be fine - just don't make a habit of it. If he feels his sanctuary has been compromised by repeated encroachment and close-calls he may bug out.

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I will be changing my entry and exit point to my place from now on. My place has zero pressure other then my girlfriend and myself. We have killed 3 does off this place already and the last doe we killed we hauled out with our atv. The amazing thing is that we hunted the following evening and there was a large set of buck tracks on top of our atv tracks already. How do you guys set up to hunt a large deer once you have an idea of where he is bedding and traveling.

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What I would recommend is playing the wind exclusively on large whitetails. They are a different breed of animal than your normal deer. You need to hunt the trials from the bedding area to the food source. Try not to get to close to the bedding area, maybe hunting about 50 yards off the field. He will usually come to the edge of the woods and hang out in there before dark. Be very causious about bumping him and i would suggest not walking around at all. Just to and from your stand. If you cant get him this way then wait till the rut and hopefully he can get stupid like all bucks do., but dont bump him off the property he fells safe there.

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stickers wrote:
What I would recommend is playing the wind exclusively on large whitetails. They are a different breed of animal than your normal deer. You need to hunt the trials from the bedding area to the food source. Try not to get to close to the bedding area, ...Be very causious about bumping him and i would suggest not walking around at all. Just to and from your stand. If you cant get him this way then wait till the rut and hopefully he can get stupid like all bucks do., but dont bump him off the property he fells safe there.

Agree - personally I would try and set up on a travell corridor. I doubt very much that he'll step into the open in day light, but he will probably move to the feeding area, and loiter under cover until darkness. In the morning vice-versa. Also he probably will move once or twice midday so setting up NEAR (not right on top of, or in) a bedding area may produce as well, if you get desperate.

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So when you setup in the morning do you setup close to the bedding area assuming hes out and about when you get there?

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Depending how far the food is to his bedding area and if you can even get in there undetected you can give it a try. What you dont want to do is bump him or let him know your there again, because wants you do that game over he wins. I would exclusive hunt him in the evenings until the rut is in and then you can hunt him anywhere because thats were he'll be anywhere. Focus on the wind and those evening hunts, because you cant tell when hes leaving the food source when he beds. He could be leaving the fields hour or so before light and you cant afford to spook him. If you play those senarios at least you will learn more about him and thats the name of the game. Also play close attention to him in regards to the does. He may pay more attention to specific does and take note of that. Where are those does bedding where are they traveling, because once the chase happens he will be looking for them and target their areas as well, that's where your find him. Just be cautious of alerting him that your there and pressuring him. He will exclusive go nocturnal. Been there done that and i've learned. Good Luck

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I will guarentee you he's still there and did'nt go far. Guarentee he probably went about 100 feet maybe less and just watched you keep walking you just startled him. Like alot of people already said it's his santuary and he's not going anywhere exspecially if he's the dominant. I have seen the same 5 point every time I go to one particualr part of the forest behinf my house and he just keeps going back and I have scared him atleast 5 times, good food source and some does around, why would they leave.

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BetterBirddogs wrote:
So when you setup in the morning do you setup close to the bedding area assuming hes out and about when you get there?

I stay away from bedding areas altogether unless I have no other option. It's a very low percentage tactic with the real risk of permanently spooking the deer.

I'd try and catch him in between the feeding and bedding areas.

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