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Field and Stream - - WHITETAIL HANDBOOK -

BED­DING AREA STILL-HUNT

I played cat-and-mouse with a gor­geous 12-point for an en­tire bow sea­son a while back, wait­ing for him along scrape lines, feed­ing ar­eas, and ter­rain fun­nels. When lock­down ar­rived I de­cided to go look­ing for him on a cedar ridge where I knew he loved to bed. With the wind in my face, I still-hunted to the ridge end, drop­ping to one knee ev­ery three steps to peer into the thick stuff. Af­ter 45 min­utes I spot­ted the twitch­ing ear of a doe…bed­ded right next to my mon­ster. I was just prep­ping for the shot when she busted me and blew down­hill, tak­ing her boyfriend with her. Had I spot­ted her a sec­ond ear­lier, I’d have had time to thread a shot into the shoul­der of that dandy buck.

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