I found a swamp, deeeeeeep in the woods. It's a good 1.5 mile hike getting back there.
It's far away from easy public access. People with adjacent private property are pretty much the only guys I've seen out there. They still aren't putting much pressure on the deer.
So I thought it would be a little honey hole.
I figured the deer would come out of the swamp, from bedding. But after 2 years of scouting (without trail cams) I've only seen one doe walking out of the swampish part.
First question. Do deer bed in swamps? Do they mind a little mud and water? (Picture of the swamp I wanna drag a trophy from)
Second part, is that I'm also far from most cornfields. So I'm wondering if I'm too deep in the woods. Too far from the easy pickings of the agriculture.
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I see a hint of a bog.
And scant security cover.
Regardless of a given site , deer use it how they use it.
For hunting season , tell where deer used the site in your photo last year. And how?
wild guess is there are multiple runs across the bog looking terrain.
One near the woodline. (Depending on what deer encountered or consider avoiding it could involve another run a few jumps toward your foreground.)
One back inside the woodline.
Your scouting can confirm or deny.
But deer will skirt the open bog eventually. Somewhere.
Being deer , there's tracks across the bog too , somewhere sometime.
Some deer will use a swamp. Others are content to work the edge.
I watched one young buck last year with muck on one shoulder where it must have crashed struggling.
Most deer don't keep fighting the muck I have.
Another older buck elsewhere used to enter the hardwood swamp I hunted at daylight and splashed out to a bed(s).
one time I went through in waders and found deer hair on a big rotted topped pine stump just above water. Surrounded by water for many yards. Good luck putting the sneak on that bed's user.
Too watch deer there , watch the edge. Not an uncommon pattern. That buck crossed the edge other deer used. To security. If it wanted to seek out other deer it would have worked along the edge.
Deer leaving a swamp do so (given the choice) by having a vantage. Shade. Air movement. Destination after leaving. Primary and secondary. With secondary first at times if it's not dark yet.
If your site is unpressured(and it's perimeter too) you can keep scouting it.
If deer are pressured , I'd look for cover no one is bothering them in , and be sure it is cover they are using.
Finding where they enter and exit should be easy enough if more than a couple deer. Not that just one deer is bad if it is a deer you want to encounter.
Keep an eye out for multigenerational deer routes. Things change. But those old routes adapt with change often enough to still exist. When and why is for you to figure out.
That use may not be during your hunting time.
Along the better cover routes you should see old rubs. Made from a general direction deer approached from. Does left or right of the route matter?
Take a guess , evening or morning? Midday? When are bucks staging the most?
do pressured deer leave more , or less deliberate sign?
Is a buck using the route this year? When?
What is downwind of what you think are the best stand sites?
A buck can check that picture from downwind without entering it.
If so , where is the vantage spot for him to do that? And what is there? When? why?