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Deer And Their Core Areas

October 02, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 122

We all have roads around where we live that we know very well. We know them so well in fact, that on a dark night we are applying the brakes to our vehicle long before we see the curve in the outer-most reaches of our high beams. We may accelerate coming out of a curve because we know that in front of us lies a long straight stretch of road. And we might put our blinker on going up a hill, knowing that our blind turn is just over the crest. With the recent deluge of rain we have experienced here in the northeast this fall, many outlying roads are flooding even with a moderate amount of rain. But almost without thinking about it, we are quickly able to plot out an alternative route to our destination when we happen upon a closed road. We have become so familiar with our surroundings that our actions become almost second nature to us.


Deer are masters of their environment. While we may think we know the area around our homes pretty well, it is literally a matter of life and death for the whitetail to know their core areas intimately. Not only must they know their homes very well, it must come fully furnished.


Deer must have three things in their core area in order for it to hold them.

· Security. They want secure bedding areas and accessible escape routes that can get them out of danger and the area quickly.

· Cover. Bucks especially want to have as much between them and prying eyes as possible. This will include hedgerows that connect two larger tracts of woods, depressions that allow covert movement, and thick nasty areas where they can go to hide out.

· Food and water sources. Food sources may include agricultural crops, meadows, and seasonal acorns. In the fall and winter, deer are opportune eaters and will consume whatever browse they can find.


While bucks will and do leave their core areas during the rut to search for receptive does, if there is enough security, cover, and food sources, the does will be in abundance within that bucks area of operation. Find the does and you find the bucks...especially during the rut.


It may seem that the deer disappear off the face of the earth once the hunting season has been going for a couple days. The truth is that it takes a LOT to force a deer to leave its core area. They know their environment so well, that they simply slink away without you seeing them and hole up until the pressure lessens. Think about it...if you knew you were being hunted by some bully who was watching the roads you normally travel and the restaurants you normally eat at, wouldn't YOU find alternative roads and diners? Wouldn't YOU find a nice little hidey-hole to escape to when the bully got too close for comfort? You bet you would...and so does that buck.

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