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Hunting a whitetails’ security cover: Here are keys to consistent success

Morken shot this Minnesota 10-pointer with his bow at 10:30 a.m. a week after the state’s firearm season in 2023. The buck, and many other deer, felt comfortable moving within security cover that morning despite there having been plenty of hunting pressure on this property and others that surround it during the gun season. (Photo by Eric Morken)

Growing up deer hunting during the shotgun season in southern Minnesota, I learned there was a general mindset about hunting deer-bedding areas: Just don’t do it. You’ll chase deer from a property.
Honestly, doing so never felt necessary. The heightened hunting pressure was enough to get deer moving along river bottoms and through small woodlots. Thus, that mindset was hard to abandon, even after jumping into bowhunting after college in 2007. It was during a mid-October hunt a few years later that I became frustrated enough to change.

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