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Deer Hunting Tip: Remember to Hunt Near Water During the Rut

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November 29, 2012

Deer Hunting Tip: Remember to Hunt Near Water During the Rut

By Scott Bestul

As most of you know, I recently hosted Hurteau on an archery hunt, and although Dave did have a couple of those “if only” moments so common to bowhunting, he didn’t go home with a Minnesota whitetail. Since I was tagged out, I had the pleasure of shadowing him for much of the week. On the other hand, when you hunt with your editor, he makes you work. And so, between and during hunts, we put together a bunch of video tips.

This first one focuses on the importance of water during the rut. A lot of hunters think that water is only important during hot weather; in fact, it's really important during the rut, too. Bucks that are running hard need to hydrate, and water sources are also great places for them to find does. I can’t tell you how many times being close to a water source has paid off for me and my friends over the years, but it’s a bunch. As a matter of fact, Hurteau himself arrowed one of his best bucks at my place, while hunting over a water hole during the late stages of the rut. So one morning as we left the stand, I asked Dave if he’d mind checking out a nearby pond. He said, “Sure, as long as you don’t mind my sticking a camera in your face.”

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Water is one of the first landscape features I look for on maps when seeking out a rut stand. The reason, though, is not because of the water resource, but rather because a) large bodies of water act as a barrier to deer movements and cruising bucks will move along the edge of such water sources to access new areas and b) streams often have very distinct crossing points that funnel deer movements.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Don't leave home without your gun or your bottle of Perrier.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Water is one of the first landscape features I look for on maps when seeking out a rut stand. The reason, though, is not because of the water resource, but rather because a) large bodies of water act as a barrier to deer movements and cruising bucks will move along the edge of such water sources to access new areas and b) streams often have very distinct crossing points that funnel deer movements.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 20 weeks ago

Don't leave home without your gun or your bottle of Perrier.

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