deer bedding and party balloons

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Re: deer bedding and party balloons

Unread postby Whitetailhunter63 » Tue May 19, 2020 9:52 am

this is a great read, i first heard about this in a scouting video dan did and then stumbled upon the thread. very interesting. i will definitely be keeping an eye out for balloons next time i am in the woods


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Re: deer bedding and party balloons

Unread postby MATexbow » Tue May 19, 2020 1:20 pm

was just out this past weekend scouting a heavily hunted state forest here in MA. Got into a nice little depression with a mix of laurels and swampy bottom. A knoll on one side of the depression was covered in beds, quality droppings, and tons of rubs. Lo and behold, balloon!! I'm a believer. Seen it all over Mass.
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Re: deer bedding and party balloons

Unread postby MichiganMike » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:34 am

greenhorndave wrote:
Drenalin wrote:I'm going to have to develop a cheap featherweight GPS chip you can attach to balloons and track on your OnX app. I'd sell them to you guys cheap, as long you don't hunt near me.

This is a pretty cool phenomenon that I'll have to keep an eye out for.


This is a super interesting idea. :clap:

Better patent that idea right now before someone else does!
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Re: deer bedding and party balloons

Unread postby Tennhunter3 » Fri Jul 10, 2020 4:02 pm

The more I scout their is something too this theory. I've found several balloons in buck bedding areas 2019 and some recently.

One spot is a bowl with a bed on the highest point of it and a giant signpost rub down in the bottom of the bowl. Sitting in the bowl was a party balloon.

When I went in to hunt it in 2019 I kicked two bucks from that area on entry they saw me setting up. Saw nothing from a tree during this hunt.
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Re: deer bedding and party balloons

Unread postby Ryan549 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:30 am

Scouting a small piece this morning and come across this balloon, with a bed just beyond it.
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Re: deer bedding and party balloons

Unread postby Yankee301 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:51 pm

Just scouted two spots of Indiana public. I found some promising bedding and old balloons very close to them. Definitely something to watch for now.
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Re: deer bedding and party balloons

Unread postby Evanszach7 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:37 pm

Scouted into, then hunted a bowl between bedding and an oak flat opening evening in KY. 4 ballons in 100 yards. 4 does, then a pretty decent 10 pt that night. The balloons rarely disappoint.
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Re: deer bedding and party balloons

Unread postby Yankee301 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 11:57 pm

Scouted my way in on Indiana public yesterday and found a balloon in a spot with crisscrossing trails. The wind was right so I set up in the saddle right there. Got a nice 8 pt. about 45 minutes before sunset.
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Re: deer bedding and party balloons

Unread postby Deerkins » Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:22 pm

First post here.. Couple days ago, I took a mature buck on public land here in NY. When I shot him, he was basically standing on a party balloon. My friend who came to help get him out of the woods with me, was telling me about this site and the balloon theory. It makes sense to me, as there was another group of balloons that still had helium in them, further down the ridge a little ways and it would be more than coincidence those balloons, just converging on that one spot.

My cell cam, managed to capture the buck and balloon in same picture, just after the shot.
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