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Buck beds: Why some seem to matter more than others

This big buck bed from South Dakota is worn to the dirt and covered in hair, indicating it’s being used throughout most of the year. It sets up perfectly for how mature bucks like to bed with both horizontal and vertical cover on the edge of an area that features the best mix of habitat diversity on this property. (Photo by Eric Morken)

Bucks with a few years of age on them seem to almost never bed randomly, which makes locating their beds pretty predictable. You’ll find beds in some terrains where the buck using it seems almost unkillable. Hill-country bedding comes to mind, where they often bed based on wind direction to use both sight and smell to their advantage.
Finding this bed felt different. The buck was using it so frequently because it contained the best cover in an area where habitat diversity was otherwise limited. Really pinpointing bedding areas like this has helped me put together detailed plans that have paid off in past seasons. 

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