Animal Habits

1. Deer choose different bedding locations in the evening versus day time use. Evening beds are located in open exposed areas with good visibility in all directions. Day time beds are in heavier cover but which allow good protected visibility. Deer will typically bed with heavy protective vegetation behind them and with the prevailing winds at their backs.

2. Deer will bed with the prevailing wind at their backs so during our mid day still hunts, hunt into or crossways to the wind and concentrate your search in the direction you feel that the wind is coming from. Don’t ignore other areas but pay special attention to the areas which you believe are most likely to hold game.

3.  When traveling from bedding to feeding areas, bucks will travel cross ways to the wind or with the wind at their backs.  After feeding and periodically bedding during the night, when they are approaching a possible bedding area at or before first daylight, they will travel with the wind in their face to check out, the area they want to spend some time in, for possible predators.  Hunt accordingly!

4.  Deer will bed with the wind at their backs and usually some form of protective cover at their backs to protect them from predators trying to sneak up from behind.  They will use their eyes to watch the area in front of them.

5.  Mature Blacktail bucks are extremely nocturnal and will move mostly after dark, though each particular buck has his own personal habits.

6.  Blacktail deer, if they don’t live at higher elevations, that require migrations in relation to weather, will ive and die in a relatively small area, many times 50 to 100 acres in size, and will spend a predominately large amount of time of their lives in a much smaller area.  During the rut mature bucks will move out of their “comfort zone” searching for the opposite sex.