Hunting on Benches

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Derrickdeer, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. hunter40502

    hunter40502 8 pointer

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    I have a bench on one of my ridges, but its a high bench. High enough to catch the wind right. This bench is surrounded by beds. I hunt it early in the morning with a south wind and catch them coming back to bed or during the rut when bucks are scent-checking the bedding area. And when the sun comes up the thermals really pull my scent uphill well. The reason it works though is the fact the bench is only about 30 feet below the ridge top vertically.
     
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  2. Gforcetrivers

    Gforcetrivers 10 pointer

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    Welcome! I think as long as the BENCH isn't sitting too close to a house you are good.
     
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  3. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    I've noticed over the years that bucks don't like to run the crest. They always run that first bench down or just off the side of it. Even if there is a logging road on the bench they will trail 20 to 30 yards off to the side. I guess it's years of conditioning where they've ran into danger being on roads in daylight. Seems like I only see young bucks on the logging roads unless a hot doe drags them over.
     
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  4. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    What about saddles? I have always had great luck hunting saddles.
     
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  5. Brody

    Brody 6 pointer

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    I hunt the big unbroken forests of DBNF and saddles are one of the best places to be. Deer don't use every holler or every saddle,so you have to do the homework to be successful. Super good place to be during the rut.
     
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  6. Genesis 27:3

    Genesis 27:3 10 pointer

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    I hunt big woods on public land quite abit.it's tough hunting but big bucks are regular on trail cams.I try to hunt benches,pinch points,saddles.wind direction for certain areas are very hard to figure out because the deer move in so many directions.I scout hard and hunt harder.learning the woods(food sources,bedding areas)it all adds up.nothing like just being out in the woods.also I try to learn something every time I go to the woods.its like putting a puzzle together.eventually everything will come together.to kill mature bucks on a regular bases you have to be prepared and persistent.
     
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  7. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    The entire place I hunt is rolling ridges. Not steep valleys/hollers like EKy but rolling ridges. I can tell you this, you can flat forget playing the wind. Usually the wind will hit me in the face one blow and 5 mins later hit me in the back of the head. We scent up good and play the waiting game. It’s zone 1, giants have been killed in the area, and yet, one of the toughest, most unpredictable places I’ve ever hunted. I have seen 20+ in a day and sat as many as 4 straight hunts in mid November and not seen a single deer. Although, I’m no rookie, I feel like I still don’t have a good understanding of the whole bench/saddle thing. Additionally, no matter where we access the land, we’re running deer off or pushing them back and the backside is someone else’s land. Basically, you got 1-2 ways in, get in the stand or blind as quickly and quietly as possible, hope you get lucky. Now, there are times they are very responsive to calling.
     
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  8. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    Someone needs to come up with a movable blind that can contain your scent. Maybe some sort of hard plastic window that allows you to drop it when ready to shoot.
     
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  9. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    True, but knowing me, my stubborn butt would still be in a stand.
     
  10. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    I'm not a fan of blinds. I love my climber and the ability to move easily and get out of line of sight but the scent factor is my biggest problem.
     
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  11. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    I don’t use my climber enough. I hunt a lot of ladder stands but with rolling ridges, obviously my spots are limited, so most are on flats near acorn trees, used trails, etc...
     
  12. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    Getting ladder stands to my spots would be difficult, plus I don't want them stolen. Also, with acorns being the main attraction I have to keep moving around to find them. May be in the same general area but need to move 30 yards one way or the other makes the climber the best option. I also like the fact that they can't pattern me if I get busted in one spot.
     
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  13. wv67

    wv67 10 pointer

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    All I hunt here in WVA is mountains the deer travel the benches a lot I always get above or below , the bench if it’s at a point where the bench rounds I get above so I can see both sides but it depends on location and ease of entrance deer like points to bed on , flats and saddles are also a good set up
     
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  14. Benches in the hills and hollows,is tough way to kill one.Step on the treestand from the back, 150 ft straight down off the front then there is ground.Thermals,swirling currents.It can be done,how many do you run off, that you never see.Good luck,if that's all you that's all you got.
     
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  15. Brody

    Brody 6 pointer

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    Yep, wilderness unbroken forest in EKY is hard to hunt. But there's some biguns in there!
     
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