A Quick Drink
The answer, Marum has found, is finding water in dense cover or as close to bedding areas as possible. "One thing you can never forget about deer-especially big bucks-is that they're lazy," he says. "They're always going to use the easiest path, the closest food, the most convenient water that they can. If there's a stagnant pool 100 yards from a buck's bed and a free-flowing stream 1/4 mile away, he's coming to that pool first. It's haard for hunters to accept because the water looks scummy, but deer have cast-iron stomachs. That water doesn't bother them one bit." So Marum began setting stands near water sources where the big bucks he'd scouted wouldn't have to work too hard to nab a drink: ponds, streams, seeps, springs, and puddles close to bedding areas.