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Hunting flat bottoms

Unread postby timberwolf311 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:07 am

How should I approach this flat river bottom in hill country. The deer have definitely been using this area. I have seen 6-8 bucks in 2 days on either side of the river. 2 almost squared off and fought. The field to the north west is uncut corn. On the other side of the river you can see the edge of a pine plantation. Tomorrow’s winds is out of the north west blowing south east. I wouldn’t normally hunt a river bottom in hill country but it holds lots of does. Any advice?
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Re: Hunting flat bottoms

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Re: Hunting flat bottoms

Unread postby mheichelbech » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:31 am

I’d be dropping a lot of milkweed to see how the wind is moving. Highly subject to swirling. Probably hunt closer to the water if possible which should suck your scent towards it. Stay away from the bottom of the ridge as wind may likely swirl back or “bounce back” from it unless that sort of wind could actually help you. Calm winds in the evenings could be bad unless the river is sucking your thermals down stream.
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Re: Hunting flat bottoms

Unread postby timberwolf311 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:23 am

mheichelbech wrote:I’d be dropping a lot of milkweed to see how the wind is moving. Highly subject to swirling. Probably hunt closer to the water if possible which should suck your scent towards it. Stay away from the bottom of the ridge as wind may likely swirl back or “bounce back” from it unless that sort of wind could actually help you. Calm winds in the evenings could be bad unless the river is sucking your thermals down stream.

This is so unbelievably true lol I hunted right up against the creek all day and the thermal was perfect. A few bucks came through out of range so i moved off the creek and my wind was literal blowing every direction. Spooked a buck too. I was think of staying up top by the corn hoping bucks wouldn’t cruise the downwind side of the uncut corn
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Re: Hunting flat bottoms

Unread postby timberwolf311 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:23 am

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mheichelbech wrote:I’d be dropping a lot of milkweed to see how the wind is moving. Highly subject to swirling. Probably hunt closer to the water if possible which should suck your scent towards it. Stay away from the bottom of the ridge as wind may likely swirl back or “bounce back” from it unless that sort of wind could actually help you. Calm winds in the evenings could be bad unless the river is sucking your thermals down stream.

This is so unbelievably true lol I hunted right up against the creek all day and the thermal was perfect. A few bucks came through out of range so i moved off the creek and my wind was literal blowing every direction. Spooked a buck too. I was think of staying up top by the corn hoping bucks wouldn’t cruise the downwind side of the uncut corn
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Re: Hunting flat bottoms

Unread postby mheichelbech » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:16 pm

If you get some bad weather I’d definitely be up by the corn. Also if you have any corridors between the corn and wood line it could be really good if they are getting up to the corn in daylight. Not sure what could be causing your deer to hang in the bottoms versus up closer to the food...other pressure? I’d think the bucks would be bedding along a flat area up towards the military crest of the ridge or around a point. Another good spot would be any corners/drains if there are points jutting out from the ridge.
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Re: Hunting flat bottoms

Unread postby mheichelbech » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:18 pm

mheichelbech wrote:I’d be dropping a lot of milkweed to see how the wind is moving. Highly subject to swirling. Probably hunt closer to the water if possible which should suck your scent towards it. Stay away from the bottom of the ridge as wind may likely swirl back or “bounce back” from it unless that sort of wind could actually help you. Calm winds in the evenings could be bad unless the river is sucking your thermals down stream. I really like that draw or drainage ditch coming from the corn to the northwest. If it has cover it should have bedding on either side.
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Re: Hunting flat bottoms

Unread postby timberwolf311 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:28 pm

I typed that response quickly earlier and didn’t reread it. A lot of typos lol. This corn field is about a half mile back into the woods. The public starts about 65 yards into the woods off the corn field. It seems with the wind and the thermal the bucks should be scent checking corn and the river bottom by walking the ridge. Wind from the corn field thermal from the creek bottom.

Blue wind
Yellow deer route
Orange corn field


Please speak up if I am reading thermals and winds wrong
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Re: Hunting flat bottoms

Unread postby mheichelbech » Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:29 am

Ok i misunderstood the map and access. You are correct about the scent checking.
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