A few years agio we had one in a patch of cedars by the front gate, he would bolt to the fence line every time we pulled up to the gate. He lost, I got out and went to the fence line and our son drove on to the gate. When he showed, he met the power of 270.
I know its not ground breaking news (and certainly no epiphany for me) that smart, old bucks will seek out areas of low hunting pressure to bed down in. And that it sometimes includes spots amazingly close to human activity.
It's just that this buck was bedded so close to my shop (which I am in daily) and so close to the FM road (with fairly steady traffic). Bedded in nothing more than some grown up fence line. The pasture in that area isn't bald by any means...but its pretty short right now. You'd be able to spot a rabbit in it. Yet the buck must have felt secure enough to use it.
Not really sure why he stood up in the first place. I would have never spotted him if he had stayed put. But once we made eye contact...he put it in high gear. Jumped the fence and didn't slow down until he'd put 300 yds. between us. Looked to be a nice 10 point. I didn't have very long to look at him up close...but he was plenty tall and wide. I'd like to at least see him on a game cam. This is first time I've seen this buck.