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Am I too deep in the woods?

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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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They probably don't have much reason to get back in that far right now but when the hunter numbers go up and pressure increases, that 1.5 miles isn't far enough for them to hide.
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. View attachment 855391
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Maybe or as in the case where I hunt, I only find deer tracks and beds. They travel during night and some places are so thick that finding sign is near impossible. Beds are hard to find from previous years as are tracks. My comment was for pressured deer during only those times not the remaining months of the year. I had a place 40 years ago in Chelsea where the cranberry marshes are where they laid low during daytime and moved at night. During later October we'd catch bucks moving at first light back to refuge from pressure. Occasionally killing one.
If they use the area to escape pressure, there still should be some old sign.
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