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Old 11-08-2009, 09:35 PM
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Question When Do You Think Deer Drink Water?

We're having unseasonably warm weather here in N. Minnesota. I also hunt early season with a bow at times and always wondered when deer "usually" drink water.

I do know about any deer will visit a water source when it's warm at any time of the day provided there is nearby cover. However, lets just talk about a general time they prefer... heat or not.

What experiences have you gathered to give you an idea when deer usually hit the water source?

Do they drink before they bed in the morning?

Do they head for water first thing after getting up from their bed in the later part of the day? I'm assuming yes if it's hotter than normal.

What are your thoughts?

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Old 11-09-2009, 02:48 AM
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I have never actually seen a deer drink water before so I have no clue. Maybe they have a kegger tucked back in the woods somewhere I don't know about.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:06 AM
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:34 AM
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When they are thirsty? I have seen them drink water before. No special time or place.
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:52 AM
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I think they drink the sweat of the hunters who are chasing them.
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:20 AM
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No clue. But if I had to guess it would be in the night during avg. weather. And anytime throughout the day in hot weather.
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:36 AM
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Answers aren't readily coming in. I posted something similar at another forum a few years ago with very few or solid replies. I found it to be a weak spot of knowledge for many hunters. It's easy to say "Hunt over a water source during warmer weather", but then deer need to drink a lot of water every day regardless of the weather, so the knowledge of "when" they drink or prefer is the $10,000 question. LOL!

Back in the day my dad and I would hunt along a secluded lake's edge, waiting for the deer to come out and drink. This was normally about 45 minutes and sooner before dark.

I'm thinking beyond the warm weather and when the deer have their winter coats on. I'm trying to learn about the natural process of when they drink water because I'm thinking it has something to do with their eating. If I knew more, I could plan an attack based on that knowledge.

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Old 11-09-2009, 11:00 AM
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I think much of the water they ingest comes from the food they eat. Almost everything they eat, or prefer to eat, is a live plant. Most plants need to be very hydrated to survive.

On hot days, deer need more water than these plants can provide because they use more than normal. Perhaps part of the reason we see so much sign near water sources is because of the thick, lush vegetation that surrounds these water sources. I know the ponds and creeks that are on the land I hunt are choked with apple trees and honeysuckle. Both of these plants/fruits contain a large amount of water.

These are just my thoughts based on the fact that I have never actually seen a deer drink either. I know that if I ate apples and berries all day long, I wouldn't really need to drink very much water either.
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Old 11-09-2009, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by StraightArrowNY View Post
I think much of the water they ingest comes from the food they eat. Almost everything they eat, or prefer to eat, is a live plant. Most plants need to be very hydrated to survive.

On hot days, deer need more water than these plants can provide because they use more than normal. Perhaps part of the reason we see so much sign near water sources is because of the thick, lush vegetation that surrounds these water sources. I know the ponds and creeks that are on the land I hunt are choked with apple trees and honeysuckle. Both of these plants/fruits contain a large amount of water.

These are just my thoughts based on the fact that I have never actually seen a deer drink either. I know that if I ate apples and berries all day long, I wouldn't really need to drink very much water either.
Exactly my thoughts. Deer don't really intake much standing water, unless under extreme heat. Most of their water comes from the forage around them contained in plants. They need very little water (maybe a few quarts in northern states) per day. Granted, they probably do drink out of sources of standing water during the rut (more physical activity during the day), but not as much as we think.
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:49 PM
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I have seen them doing what appeared to be licking the dew off plants in the morning. I would think as others have stated they get a lot of moisture from the vegetation they eat.

I wonder if they lick snow. I read somewhere (Rue?) that they don't because it burns up too many calories warming it up in their bodies in the cold winter months.
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