How To Find Out Where Deer Are Bedding

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Have you ever wondered how to find out where deer are bedding? We are going to answer that question for you! Understanding their preferred bedding areas can set up a game plan to hunt them more effectively.

How to Identify and Hunt Deer Bedding Areas

How To Identify Bedding Areas?

So, where are deer bedding then? Bucks will bed anywhere there is some type of cover. That can be anything from a group of cedar trees to a thicket of briars. They also like to bed in areas near food sources and waterholes. You should see several impressions on the ground where the buck was lying.

They prefer to bed with something to their backs. This gives them protection against predators that may come up from behind them.

Daytime vs. Nighttime Bedding Areas

Bucks will typically look for areas with ample cover, a good line of sight, the right wind, and a little sunshine. There are daytime and nighttime bedding areas.

Nighttime bedding areas provide significant sensory protection – Daytime bedding areas are usually closer to food sources. 

Do Deer Bed Down In The Dame Place Every Night?

No, not necessarily. Deer like to bed on south slopes where the sun can reach them when it’s cold.

When it’s warmer than usual, deer often prefer to sleep on slopes facing north or east. They adapt to the weather.

Deer like bedding areas where there’s a cover that’s 0-3 feet above the ground. Usually, it’s grass or something like that.

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How Far Do Bucks Bed from Food?

Within 100 to 150 yards. Try locating a food source, and then look for bedding areas in the surrounding vicinity.

However, don’t just focus on the food source. A lot of times, deer will bed downwind of a food source so they can smell any potential danger.

When it comes to water, bucks (particularly mature bucks) will often bed down within 100 yards of a water source. But, during the rut, things may be different. Water will become more critical to bucks. 

How far do Deer Travel from their Bedding Area

According to Whitetail Habitat Solutions, “Bucks that show up within 1-2 hours of shooting hourse, are often just a 1/4 mile ro 1/2 mile away from their core, daytime bedding hours”. 

They also explain that “How far a buck travels to reach your land and where he comes from, reveals a lot about the level of hunting pressure that he will tolerate and the variety of Fall habitat that he requires.”


What time do Deer Bed Down in the Morning?

Usually, they move out of feeding areas and into bedding areas before full daylight.

That’s when they travel the farthest distances. In fall, deer movement peaks between 4 pm and 10 pm and 4:00 am to 8:00 am, according to Dr. Kent Kammermeyer and Dr. Larry Marchinton.

So it’s safe to assume that 4:00 – 8:00 am the time deer are most likely to bed down in the morning.

Where do Deer Bed Down at Night?

Deer are looking for ample cover. Nightime bedding areas are typically in areas with thick cover to provide significant sensory protection. Additionally, they will seek out areas where they can see approaching predators and also have something to their backs.

How do you Identify Buck Bedding on a Map?

Maps can be categorized into two categories, satellite maps, and topographical maps. You should consider both types. Each has its advantages. However, the topographical map is the one you want to use.

On a topographical map, you can see ridges and contours of the land. Using these contour lines, you can estimate where bucks will possibly bed. 

Again, look for places with ample cover. A buck needs to smell what’s behind it and see what’s in front of it.

How do you Hunt Deer Bedding Areas?

Generally speaking, setting up near deer bedding areas can be difficult. One effective way to hunt deer bedding areas is to find a spot with a crosswind.

This will ensure that the wind and thermals carry your scent away from the bedding area and travel route where deer enter and leave. Make sure you only hunt when the wind is in your favor. 


Bedding areas are important to deer for various reasons, the most important being safety and security.

The presence of oval depressions in the grass, brush, or dirt indicates where a deer laid down. By understanding where deer bed down, hunters can better understand how to approach these animals and increase their chances of success.

Additionally, learning about deer movement patterns can help hunters pinpoint the best time to hunt certain areas.

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