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Do deer bed in mesquite thickets? #6912135
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If a mesquite thicket is surrounded by low hills with oak and juniper on them and by a creek with oaks and heavy underbrush, will they bed in the mesquite?


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Why wouldnít they? Take a drive through Throckmorton county. Nothing but Mesquite and deer.


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The thicker the better. Cover is their strong point.

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Okay, but a mesquite flat isn't all that thick compared to juniper and creek bottom vegetation. Given that they have all 3 available in a small area, which do you think they would prefer?


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Originally Posted By: postoak
Okay, but a mesquite flat isn't all that thick compared to juniper and creek bottom vegetation. Given that they have all 3 available in a small area, which do you think they would prefer?
deer bed in multiple places sometimes multiple places during the same day. The places I hunt that have mesquite have plenty of tall grasses and weeds for them to bed down and hide. They only need a couple feet of grass to disappear and they don't always bed in the thickest stuff. I've seen plenty of deer bedded down in open fields with no cover.


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Heck Iíve seen deer bedded down in a field without a tree in sight. Laying in grass not even two feet tall and could only see the tips of their antlers. Mesquite thicket is plenty of cover

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Originally Posted By: sbushee
Heck Iíve seen deer bedded down in a field without a tree in sight. Laying in grass not even two feet tall and could only see the tips of their antlers. Mesquite thicket is plenty of cover
Yep. Seen it myself. Dappled sunlight allows grasses to grow in mesquite thickets. Deer bed in them a lot.


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That's good to know.

To change the subject slightly, has anyone tried still-hunting through a mesquite flat at mid-day to sneak up on a buck? This came up recently because the big bucks aren't coming to the feeders yet for whatever reason.

It sounds tough, but as Erathkid pointed out there's much more room to sneak through mesquite than through juniper or thick bottom cover.


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They do. If you want to encourage them to bed in a particular area, hinge cut several trees and theyíll use them.


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What is a hinge cut? low lying branches?


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Find a mesquite thatís about wrist thick or smaller, something you can work with, and cut about halfway through the trunk, a few feet above the ground, and push the top to the ground so the trunk above the cut is at an angle. If I havenít explained that clearly, thereís articles on the internet with better explanations.

Iíve done it, and itís surprisingly effective.


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You can do bigger trees. I just used smaller trees because they were easier to work with. Do a google image search or YouTube hinge cutting trees for deer.


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Originally Posted By: Sneaky
You can do bigger trees. I just used smaller trees because they were easier to work with. Do a google image search or YouTube hinge cutting trees for deer.

fascinating


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All the time. They love the cover. So do hogs.

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