American Hunter - June 2014 - 31

ths Dashed
Many studies indicate that bucks are
less likely to leave or change their core
areas as they get older. Ross says, "Every
project I looked at that estimated a buck's
core area (where he spends at least 
percent of his time) showed that mature
bucks really only use  to  percent of
their home range for core-area activities."
He also found that most of the buck's
core areas were between  and  acres.
This is good news for people who hunt
small properties, as they can create small
sanctuaries that can hold a mature buck
during daylight.
-collar research has also shown
that bucks go on excursions outside their
home ranges. They'll do this even when
they live on properties with high-quality
habitat. There is no way to predict when
a buck will go on a walkabout, but they
do so more often during the rut. This is
another reason to hunt in natural bottlenecks bucks will use as they travel to
check does in different areas of cover.
Myth No. 4:

Weather is Paramount

Regardless of weather, the studies show
that bucks move most at dawn and dusk.
Ross says, "One three-year study produced
almost half a million  data points from

over  bucks and attempted to correlate
weather variables such as temperature,
relative humidity, barometric pressure,
wind speed and precipitation-and no
correlation was found." Extreme weather
events, of course, can affect deer movement, but it doesn't seem to be as important a factor as we sometimes think.
Myth No. 5:

Bucks Leave the Country
When the Shooting Starts

Bucks respond quickly to hunting pressure, but they don't abandon their home
ranges. On several research areas where
bucks were spending a lot of daylight
hours before the season in open fields
and food plots, the same bucks avoided
those open areas until after dark when the
hunting season began. One study found
that when hunting pressure reached or
exceeded one hunter per  acres the
bucks responded by choosing thicker
cover and traveling less. When the season
opened, it took three days for the bucks to
completely alter their behavior. The lesson
is the bucks are still there. You just have
to locate them and hunt smart when you
enter the thicker cover. ah

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