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Offline Maybach Outdoors

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Deer and water sources
« on: June 30, 2020, 07:30:54 AM »
Hey guys... I'm a first time hunter so take it easy on my ignorance.

I've been scouting a few areas for the high buck hunt and I was wondering about water sources. I've found a couple of neat spots pretty deep in and away from the trails, but the only water sources I'm seeing are high alpine lakes (you can guess what wilderness  :chuckle:). So dumb question... do mule deer care about standing vs flowing water? Some of the lakes appear to have little creeks and what not that might not be there come September. I think lakes are more likely to be visited by humans even if they are away from trail, so that may be the deciding factor in the end.

Lastly, has anyone patterned deer that don't really frequent water sources often? How much water do they really need (I'm assuming they can get some from vegetation). Will they travel miles and miles to water sources?

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Re: Deer and water sources
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2020, 07:44:23 AM »
There are little seeps and muddy spots all over the map, usually multiple per drainage and deer take what's there. I've seen deer drink from a muddy wallow when there was clear stream water 200' below them.

Water hole hunting generally isn't an effective strategy until you get a LOT farther south than the Washington high hunt. As in multiple states south. I'm sure there are isolated places where guys hunt troughs etc. but if you think you found "The Water Source" in an area of the Cascades, you're likely mistaken  :hello:
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Re: Deer and water sources
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2020, 07:51:27 AM »
 :yeah: IMO the only reason to look for water on the high hunt is for yourself, the deer will have an abundance of sources

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Re: Deer and water sources
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2020, 08:02:04 AM »
They pretty much summed it up. Remember, they live there. They know where everything is.
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Re: Deer and water sources
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2020, 09:14:40 AM »
Oh damn guess I was totally off haha okay sweet that makes a lot of sense then.

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Re: Deer and water sources
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2020, 09:15:30 AM »
There are little seeps and muddy spots all over the map, usually multiple per drainage and deer take what's there. I've seen deer drink from a muddy wallow when there was clear stream water 200' below them.

Water hole hunting generally isn't an effective strategy until you get a LOT farther south than the Washington high hunt. As in multiple states south. I'm sure there are isolated places where guys hunt troughs etc. but if you think you found "The Water Source" in an area of the Cascades, you're likely mistaken  :hello:
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Re: Deer and water sources
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2020, 09:18:50 AM »
And yes their forage supplies most if not all of the water they need this time of year.  You might want to research blue tongue,EHD, for another twist on water sources.

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Re: Deer and water sources
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2020, 09:29:03 AM »
And yes their forage supplies most if not all of the water they need this time of year.  You might want to research blue tongue,EHD, for another twist on water sources.
I'll have to do some research on this. Didn't really know that would be an issue... the more you know the better I guess!

 


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