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post Aug 30 2010, 04:46 AM
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Every year I get big bucks on my cameras, yet every season ends without me getting any of them. Some of my "succesfull" buddies tell me "thickets, thickets, thickets".

My question for all of you thicket hunters is do you try to find trails thru the thickets or just pick a spot in the thickest part you can find and climb.

Also, how many of you have killed big ones that were not on a trail? Fields dont count


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post Aug 30 2010, 10:38 AM
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what i do is hunt a staging area off of a main field or fields, and sometimes a buck will move up to stage and browse in this smaller area before moving on to the main feeding area.


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post Aug 30 2010, 12:22 PM
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I can honestly say the best way to hunt thickets is find the line of the thickets North, South, East, West. Follow that line back & forth on each side. You'll eventually find the "front door" "side doors" & "back door" Plant your stand or climber 15 yard down wind of that door. this is assuming the conditions are right. don't try to go into that home u won't be able to hunt **** in there. besides you may push them out.


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post Aug 30 2010, 12:25 PM
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For big Bucks, i like to hunt the thickest nastiest stuff i can find, or trails leading to it. they know where they are safe.

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post Aug 30 2010, 02:04 PM
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I had most of my luck hunting the trails leading to thickets. I never actaully go into the thickets because I don't want to push the deer out. When you are close to the bedding areas, you can see movement all day, especially during the rut when the bucks are cruising bedding areas and checking every doe in the area.


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post Aug 30 2010, 03:22 PM
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Thickets are primary sources for two things for deer....1 being cover and the other, well cover (and a great place to take the ladies out for on "date night").

If you hunt thickets, you have to be careful not to hunt too close or blow your wind into them.

The best thing to do on your property is create thickets, then LEAVE THEM ALONE and call them sanctuaries. Swear to yourself to NEVER enter them other than to recover an animal and never blow your scent into them.

I am a true believer in sanctuaries but rememeber, they take time to establish. It is a learned behavior for deer. The older mature deer already have their sanctuaries, but those yearlings, 2 1/2 and 3 year olds most likely don't. So give those yearlings a couple years of knowing that safe zone and next thing you know, it will become your big buck sanctuary!

Now you just have to find the right time to hunt them and learn the way they enter and exit them. You can manipulate that with falling trees in the right locations to lead them past your stand sites.

I honestly think if people paid as much attention and put as much focus on sanctuaries as they have food in the past 5+ years, it would make a more impactful addition to your farm!


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post Aug 30 2010, 05:30 PM
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Ive got a spot where a big cedar thicket on a ridge dumps down into a small opening in the timber then tightens bk down into another thicket where theres a secluded pond and i tell u ive had more great encounters in that place than i can name.. My dad has killed several nice deer in there with a rifle but i jus bow hunt and i have been turned every which way but out from bucks chasin does... I have killed my two biggest deer on top of that ridge tho there is a small switch grass field that is red hot with scrapes every year and i have a stand placed jus inside the timber to catch them before the drop off the ridge in the tight stuff.
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post Aug 31 2010, 10:09 AM
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good advice, dont hunt in it find the trails to and from than hunt downwind of the trail, shot my big 10 point coming out of the thicket


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