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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-29-2015, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hunting Mountain Deer

When hunting mountain deer do you have more success finding sign and deer in the valleys, Side benches or on the tops of mountains???
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All depends on the food source. They could be in all the areas you listed.
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For us valleys and side benches. South facing slopes
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I look for thick laurel with oak trees on side hills.
Most guys don't hunt on thick side hills and the years that those oaks have acorns,
that's where I find deer when the shooting starts.

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Hunt the steep side hills once the shooting starts. That is what I did after being told by the locals in Clinton County

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I hunt above a half bowl cut, just below a 2200 ft. ridge, between two laurel thickets. Deer are always sneaking between those thickets.

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I like to find trails along the laurel as well the deer will often cross areas between clumps of laurel. If there is food and an additional terrain feature like a saddle then all the better.
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Re: Hunting Mountain Deer

All good suggestions. I in recent years of rifle hunting have been trying to hunt points. Where a less steep point extends from a side hill or the "head" or end of a ridge. Hollows to one side or both. This would be for rifle. Otherwise its all about food. I've seen acorns on top of ridges with none in valleys as well as the opposite.

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I hunt anywhere as long as I don't have an uphill drag to my truck.

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Re: Hunting Mountain Deer

These answers are all very interesting. When I first started hunting about 1975 we hunted the top or very close to it reasoning that the pressured deer would head for security up high. It worked real good until the days of unlimited does and the beginning of AR's. It seems the deer aren't quite as pressured on the public land I hunt in 3B now. My stand choices are now based on the natural movement along with pressure. Sure there are hunters and in areas lots of them. It's a shame I'm not at the parking lots to actually see how many cars are there, but I'm in pretty early. As a side note if anybody else hunts the #13, 57, 66 metroplex of Gamelands have you ever been out of the woods to count cars in the lots? Whats the most you count? Like I said I'm early in and late out most times.
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