Scouting – Water Holes

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42.jpgIn most regions whitetails have little trouble finding water. They drink from creeks, rivers, ponds, rain puddles and the like. Also, many of the succulent plants deer eat have water.

In the arid Southwest, where water is more limited, deer often congregate at stock tanks, ponds and creeks once or twice or day. So stand hunting near a water hole can be a good bet.

Rutting deer get thirsty from all the chasing, so hunting near a water source can be good strategy during the peak of the mating season. In winter, when most ponds and creeks freeze solid up north, try this trick. Break a big hole in creek near a hot feeding area, and hang a stand nearby. A good buck might follow does to the open water and give you a shot.


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