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#5771538 - 06/02/15 11:30 PM Hunting around water?
Mathp Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 454
Loc: Coppell Breckenridge, TX
I've always heard that hunting around water will keep the deer away because deer are especially wary due to predators targeting water. What has your experience been hunting ponds, etc.?
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#5771568 - 06/03/15 12:17 AM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 09/29/12
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Loc: North Texas
Used to hunt a natural funnel between a wheat field and bedding area that ran 20 ft from a tank. Didn't bother the deer one bit. Never had anything stop and drink but they definitely didn't avoid it or hurry to get by. Never saw them on edge as they grazed next to it. Matter of fact had a couple bucks rub a tree right on the bank. Might not matter much this year, if it keeps up you'll be hunting near water no matter where you are.

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#5771670 - 06/03/15 07:09 AM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: Mathp]
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I try to put a feeder(s) and water together or very close if I can at every location. Deer have to drink water. Early archery Oct till early Nov general season, hunting over water on a warm to hot day can be very productive. Evening hunts can be very good if it has been very hot during the day, water is the first place a big mature buck can hit if he is bedded close to it. Also during the rut on very cold days deer will hit water to replenish what they use up to stay warm or chasing during the rut.
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#5771674 - 06/03/15 07:11 AM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: Mathp]
rifleman Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
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Loc: Kingwood
Can see it hurting if livestock stake out a water hole during hunts.

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#5771694 - 06/03/15 07:28 AM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 01/25/13
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Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I try to put a feeder(s) and water together or very close if I can at every location. Deer have to drink water. Early archery Oct till early Nov general season, hunting over water on a warm to hot day can be very productive. Evening hunts can be very good if it has been very hot during the day, water is the first place a big mature buck can hit if he is bedded close to it. Also during the rut on very cold days deer will hit water to replenish what they use up to stay warm or chasing during the rut.


I have harvested some very nice bucks in the afternoon early in the season on warm days. I think a lot depends on where you are hunting. Some areas of the country never get dry and have abundant water sources, so those areas aren't going to produce consistent results like most areas in Texas will.
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#5771705 - 06/03/15 07:33 AM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: Mathp]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
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Loc: bastrop county
mid afternoon set up close to a tank has always been good for me
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#5772158 - 06/03/15 12:26 PM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: rifleman]
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Registered: 02/22/14
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Loc: Richardson - Archer County
Originally Posted By: rifleman
Can see it hurting if livestock stake out a water hole during hunts.


I like to hunt near water but this can be very true, so I try to set up the feeder in the opposite direction of the water. If it's a good 200+ yards away from the water there aren't really any ill effects of the livestock watering. When the livestock aren't in the area it can create more deer movement between the water and your feed source. This has worked well for me.
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#5772165 - 06/03/15 12:28 PM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Hunt um if you got um... no different from any other hunting pressure
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#5772179 - 06/03/15 12:36 PM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: Mathp]
TexFlip Offline
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Registered: 08/18/12
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Loc: Harris County
When it's dry, our troughs are the place to hunt. Everything has to drink.
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#5772262 - 06/03/15 01:40 PM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: Mathp]
brew0216 Offline
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Registered: 08/16/11
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Loc: grand prairie
Shot bucks the past 2 years early season on warm days over water. I hunt over water until it starts freezing because that's when they start hitting the feeders good.
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#5773456 - 06/04/15 06:59 AM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: rifleman]
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Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Originally Posted By: rifleman
Can see it hurting if livestock stake out a water hole during hunts.


We shot a very nice MD buck watering one afternoon. The cows were there for about an hour and then left the tank like they usually do and he came walking out about ten minutes after they left.
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#5774861 - 06/04/15 10:32 PM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 10/29/09
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Loc: Parker County
Kind of depends on where water source is relative to feeding and bedding areas. The closer the water is to bedding areas, it seems the more movement seen.
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#5777468 - 06/07/15 09:55 AM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: Mathp]
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Registered: 05/03/10
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Loc: Arlington/Brownwood
When I hunted Mason Co, I would sit on water most of the season. Hunted Comanche, Mills since then and rarely see deer at water
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#5777739 - 06/07/15 02:13 PM Re: Hunting around water? [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 04/06/11
Posts: 5123
Loc: South Texas
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I try to put a feeder(s) and water together or very close if I can at every location. Deer have to drink water. Early archery Oct till early Nov general season, hunting over water on a warm to hot day can be very productive. Evening hunts can be very good if it has been very hot during the day, water is the first place a big mature buck can hit if he is bedded close to it. Also during the rut on very cold days deer will hit water to replenish what they use up to stay warm or chasing during the rut.


Thats my thought process as well. If you feed protein, place your protein feeders near your water sources, that will keep the deer used to the low pressure during the off season and into hunting season.
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