Where Bucks Bed

When this prairie was burned, this buck's bedroom was revealed. This makes it easy for us to determine where to put a blind in.

When this prairie was burned, this buck's bedroom was revealed. This makes it easy for us to determine where to put a blind in.

A whitetail buck makes it to a mature age (4.5+) by finding locations to bed during the day where he can lay undisturbed during daylight hours. As crops are harvested in the fall, bedding locations become less numerous. A buck's bed may offer just a few feet of visibility or may offer miles of vision to the buck.

One thing is sure - a bedding location will be out of the wind, so the buck can hear any predator's approach. If a change in wind direction makes this location noisy, he will bed in a different location in his home range which meets his requirements. Future generations of mature bucks will also bed in these locations under the same weather conditions.

Hunting near these locations offers us the greatest chance of encountering these bucks during daylight hours. Providing undisturbed bedding locations on the property we hunt for specific wind directions, and hunting those locations undetected means we can predict bedding behavior and have a buck within yards of our stand location.

If multiple hunters are hunting a property, knowledge of the bedding plan and cooperation is required, or neighboring hunters will thank you for helping them fill their tags.

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