That is terrible deer bedding. Along the perimeter and fringes and transitions from swamp to hardwoods, hardwoods to meadow are where the deer most likely are bedding. I see no real cover and if it’s literally wet, with no high ground anywhere unlikely any deer are bedding in there. Scenic it is, and thoughts of dragging a trophy buck from there are tempting, but I feel you need to give up the view and first and foremost look for active deer sign, second, hunt that active deer sign . Food sources, secure bedding, and not necessarily long ways a way from humans and human traffic, but areas overlooked closer to that traffic.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