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Location: cecil pa
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good stand location???????? u tell me

Ok guys yeaterday i was scouting thru one of my hunting woods and i went up this path to find a deer trail that is beat down and just deer tracks everywhere. Then i walked back down to the path and walked up another 15 feet ANd there was another trail not as badly beat down but theres deer tracks and its is a noticeable trail. so i think about it and go back to the first most beat down trail and walk backwards another 15 feet there is also a trail there too that is noticably a deer trail and there are deer tracks all over so todAY I WENT BACK and hung a tree stand on the middle most beat down trail and the othher two trails are in bow range so im going to try this spot out next year for bow and gun hunting do u guys think this is a good place or what. well please pst what u guys think.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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good stand location???????? u tell me

Don't move around, stay alert and I'll bet you can kill your deer there. Thumbs up
Good luck.

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good stand location???????? u tell me

I wouldn't get too gung-ho this time of year. If the deer in your area are in winter pattern, you may have stumbled on a wintering ground - where large numbers of deer congegrate from literally miles around to weather out the winter.

The result is a sudden very high increase in a local deer population near 1) a reliable, accessible food source, and 2) shelter, and also may explain why those hunting very late in the season can see the local deer suddenly disappear. This also explains why often in the very early spring/late winter (basically now) you often see incredibly large herds of deer grazing in hay fields or winter wheat in midday - as the ever-growing power of the sun melts the snow and exposes these open areas first.

Once spring breaks and the does start dropping their fawns these herds scatter back to smaller family sized groups we're more used to seeing.

Leave your stand where it is, if the deer sign stays consistent through the summer, you may have found the ultimate sweet spot...but have a plan B because I suspect within a few weeks that area may dry up.

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Location: St. Louis County
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good stand location???????? u tell me

I agree with Saskie. Where the deer are now and where they are next Fall may be two different things.

I'd hang then next stand a couple of weeks before the season starts when you have a better handle on the deer patterns in the early Fall.

I can't wait until you post pictures of your deer next season!

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Location: cecil pa
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thanks for the help but keep on postin

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I've seen deer move entirely out of an area where there was good feed, few predators, little human contact for reasond unknown to me a couple of weks before hunting season.
No rhyme nor reason to it. Seiing a dozen or so deer grazing in a field in the spring doesn't mean there going to e there come fall as Saskie said.

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I hunt alot of agricultural areas with plenty of fields covering a large area. The crops are rotated yearly. One year soybeans, the next corn, and the next wheat, and over the years i've noticed different trails are hot depending on the food source. I have one field when planted to beans and an adjacent field is in corn the trails are always like highways, and other years when the same fields are planted differently these trails are dry. I also have trails that are hot year after year.
I would say depending on what the deer are using these trails for will help determine if it will stay hot. If you're close to your food source I would say it might dry up, but if you are closer to bedding I bet the does are using these trails alot, and the does will probably continue using these trails and bring in the big boys when the rut comes. Good Luck!

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