Deer need to feel safe and secure in their bedding areas. They will not tolerate much human intrusion. The best thing you can do is create inviolate areas on your property. Here are the basics of deer bedding area tactics, critical for all of your whitetail habitat needs. Quick growing pines can be the interior ring, then spruce, then an exterior of shrub plantings to further enhance the edge effect and create a natural transition into the interior bedding pocket. Chainsaw user beware: Building buck beds takes much more than dry spots, tie-downs, hinge-cuts, canopies, level bedding platforms, and high stem counts.
Photo by Charles AlsheimerThis month, most deer fanatics have food plots on the brain. Bucks look for specific features in a bedding area, and with a little work, you can create ideal spots near the feed for the perfect ambush. Hinge-Cutting for Deer Bedding. Creating safe secure bedding for whitetails involves hinging a large area of trees (if possible) where deer and more importantly, mature whitetail bucks will bed in safety and solitude. After the cover has grown to the right height and with gained knowledge you can create some surefire deer bedding areas. Sanctuaries should consist of a minimum of 20 of your land area.
After the bed is built, cut and clear paths to and from the bedding area so that the buck has a couple of navigable escape routes. Building these paths not only gives the buck entry and egress, but also provides the hunter with a head start on figuring out a buck’s travel pattern. Now it was such prime whitetail bedding cover that it held one buck per acre!. Security simply means free of disturbances, and it’s easy to keep an area free of human disturbances by simply making it off-limits to human traffic. You’ve provided the deer in your hunting area with food. Use hinge cutting to create bedding areas and see more success this fall.
Whitetail Project: Make A Big-buck Bedding Area
It amazes me that all we hear about in every hunting article written is about creating food plots to attract more deer to your area, when more importantly is the ability to keep deer on your property! If these deer never feel safe enough to stay (bed) in your area you will never have an equal opportunity to harvest a mature buck as the neighbor where that deer sleeps. Trying to hold deer on a small piece of property and harvest a large buck can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Creating good bedding areas will keep deer on a piece of property. Tony La Pratt discusses how warm winters can increase the deer population in Michigan. This area is currently used for deer bedding, including doe. Go in and create several 0.05-0.15 acre plots with a transition area between them and the bedding and then hunt between the bedding and food. It is my personal belief that good quality deer bedding is far more important than creating deer food plots. bedding areas are very diverse from high ground in the swamp to evergreen side hills. Doe family bedding areas, irregular in outline, are 1040 acres in size. Abundant off-trail tracks and droppings of varying ages commonly create the mistaken impression the area is loaded with deer.
How To Construct A Makeshift Buck Bed
Creating bedding areas for deer on your property can easily be done with just a little bit of leg work. One of the speakers at the Deer and Turkey Expo in Madison did a presentation on keeping deer on your land no matter how much acreage you own. Sometimes the best way to create a bedding area is to just stay out of it. I was wonder what insight I could get on helping me entice deer to bed on my property. Specifically on how to create bedding areas. We focus so hard on deer bedding areas, and when winter sets in, there is one stand-by whitetails head to – pine trees.
Bedding area location can be crucial to minimizing deer disturbance. Creating browse areas with hinge cutting is very similar to establishing a larger bedding area. These are hinged and tied together younger trees creating a living canopy for years to come. The raked out areas are clear bedding locations to get the does & fawns using the area. We also make the final adjustments to buck beds, connecting trails, staging areas, and set tree stands. I worked to create new beds, clean out old beds, and enhance the second means of egress from the beds.