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BigOutdoors
10-26-2008, 07:33 AM
Deer, like people, often prefer to follow the path of least resistance in their daily routines. This is why whitetail trails often are found in creek or river bottomlands or draws. Sometimes a draw can have a small or old creek drain. Other times the draw is dry, just a wash-out during spring or in very wet weather. In any case, a draw often is flatter, and easier to navigate in walking, so is a natural funnel for deer.

Even in generally flat terrain such draws can be found, because rain water collects and then erodes the lowest terrain areas. In scouting for tree stand placement, normally a spot can be found where two, three or more draws merge. Such places are choice for placing tree stands because the odds increase for deer activity with every draw merger.

Draw merges like this often can be located long before you hit the woods, simply by studying topographic maps or aerial photos.

The very best draws have steep adjacent hillsides, since whitetails prefer to walk in a flatter draw rather than on a ridge side. An ideal draw also isn’t too wide, since you want to have the entire area within shooting range. Often there are large, mature trees right in a draw. Some draw trees may look ideal for placing stands, but it’s usually better to hang stands on hillsides, anticipating deer walking trails down in the draw.

Be sure to carefully note prominent wind direction. Choose draw hillsides for stands that keep wind in your favor for approaching deer. And be aware that wind in ridge and draw country is fickle, often swirling, often unpredictable. I’ve found that often the best draw hunting is had on days when the wind is fairly strong, and from a very specific direction, which prevents breeze “swirling” and spooked game.

In the Photo: Detailed topographical maps can reveal choice draw hunting locations, as where several creeks or draws merge. Hunting from steep terrain, using ridge-tops for access to stands, often is successful.
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Cal45
10-26-2008, 06:53 PM
Deer, like people, often prefer to follow the path of least resistance in their daily routines.

This for the most part is true. That's why I could never figure out why in a field across the road from my house the deer would cross one field into another but wouldn't use the barway halfway down the fields. They, instead would jump over the fence row about 30 feet away. :eyes: