Morken: Breaking down how to hunt points in hill country

Deer are survivors, and the best way for them to survive is to cover as many bases as they can to avoid predators — us included. Even flat land tends to have some sort of elevation that deer often take advantage of.

One area I scout and hunt frequently around Alexandria is what I would call flat land that has a bit of rolling elevation to it. There is thick brush on the south side of the property that deer bed in, and now corn on the north side. In between are two elevated knobs in the open woods that sit up about 10 feet higher. There are always four or five beds on the flat tops of those knobs in the winter. It’s the perfect lookout.

Move into hill country, and you certainly see patterns emerge with bedding based on elevation. That does not mean the bedding itself is only on those highest points. Definitely not. If you hunt hills that have benches — flat shelves somewhere between the top and bottom of the primary ridge system — those can be great bedding spots and areas of travel.

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