collapse

Advertisement


Author Topic: Whitetail Question  (Read 618 times)

Offline OutHouse

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2015
  • Posts: 787
  • Location: Cowiche WA
  • Department of Foliage, Lifetime Member
Whitetail Question
« on: May 12, 2019, 03:09:33 PM »
I hunt near a lot of private land that borders the National Forest in a mixed whitetail/mule deer unit. I have had some success getting whitetails on the public ground above the private property, however, it is abundantly clear to me that the whitetails tend to stay in very small ranges in the private land below. My question is what is driving them up to slightly higher elevations? They seem to have plenty of food and cover below but they occasionally head up the mountain (where I need them to be). I get these rare opportunities where bam all of a sudden they are up in my area but there doesn't seem to be anything driving them off the private land. Is there some reason(s) that would help me better pattern their behavior?

Any and all comments/observations welcomed on this point and on whitetail behavior in general. Thanks.

Offline Lucky1

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jan 2014
  • Posts: 2533
  • Location: Kelso
  • Groups: NRA. REMF.
Re: Whitetail Question
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 05:27:49 PM »
At the risk of stating the obvious , here are a couple thoughts .
They move around a lot more during the rut.
The food sources change.
Predators you might not be aware of like cougars may be making them move.
Human activity.


Offline idaho guy

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2012
  • Posts: 1297
  • Location: hayden
Re: Whitetail Question
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 06:08:37 PM »
At the risk of stating the obvious , here are a couple thoughts .
They move around a lot more during the rut.
The food sources change.
Predators you might not be aware of like cougars may be making them move.
Human activity.
   


That about sums it up! It would be one of those i would bet if you are hunting anywhere close to the timing of the rut thatís it

Offline nwwanderer

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Sep 2010
  • Posts: 1888
Re: Whitetail Question
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2019, 06:42:37 PM »
They do need space, as the population of whitetail increases you will find them in new areas regularly. Years ago we would only find them in the bottoms and living right with us.  Now they are on the top of the mountain, a 1500 foot elevation difference with no permanent people on top.  The rut certainly puts bucks on the move but their non rut areas are even smaller than the does.  Lots of conflict with whitetail, much more than mule deer.

Offline OutHouse

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jul 2015
  • Posts: 787
  • Location: Cowiche WA
  • Department of Foliage, Lifetime Member
Re: Whitetail Question
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2019, 03:04:26 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I have not been able to hunt them in this unit in the rut unfortunately. When they are in the rut, I have seen the big guys out cruising for does without a care in the world. The same big ones that I'd get on a cam but be lucky to ever see in person.

 


* Advertisement

* Recent Topics

So who is going to apply for the 161 multiseason tags? by coachcw
[Today at 04:26:45 PM]


FHF Gear Bino Harness by archerykraze
[Today at 04:24:59 PM]


multi season leftover tags by robodad
[Today at 04:20:53 PM]


Idaho unit info by andrew_in_idaho
[Today at 04:15:32 PM]


Two mouthed fish. by Widgeondeke
[Today at 04:14:08 PM]


Idaho 2nd drawing results are up by andrew_in_idaho
[Today at 04:13:22 PM]


Broadhead tuning by Crunchy
[Today at 04:06:14 PM]


Vortex Viper HD 15-45x 65mm Spotting Scope by HUNTNORTHWEST
[Today at 04:01:49 PM]


Lots of good stuff for sale here! KUIU, Icebreaker, Leupold... by 7mmfan
[Today at 04:00:25 PM]


Still fish to catch.... by lokidog
[Today at 03:57:21 PM]


Is it legal ? by Widgeondeke
[Today at 03:49:26 PM]


Life without a tractor by jrebel
[Today at 03:41:36 PM]


eyes in the woods by KFhunter
[Today at 03:34:18 PM]


wtb: cheap deer rifle by Rem14
[Today at 03:21:42 PM]


WTB 10 or 12 lb downrigger balls by snocohunter
[Today at 03:18:05 PM]


Should I laugh or cry? by steeleywhopper
[Today at 03:04:17 PM]


Some bears from Southern Cascades by lacithetemplar
[Today at 02:56:59 PM]


2019, Pinks Reports by Crunchy
[Today at 02:51:17 PM]


Withrow whitetails by DOUBLELUNG
[Today at 02:41:52 PM]


Mathews Creed by erk444
[Today at 01:28:04 PM]