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Why, Where and How to Find Buck Deer in Funnels

Day 4: Finding Deer Hunting Success at Funnels

Click for Larger ViewAvid deer hunter, Dr. Robert Sheppard of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, had noticed a nice buck standing beside a creek several times as he'd gone to his stand in the morning, come back from his stand at lunch and moved back to his stand in the afternoon. Sheppard didn't always see the buck next to the creek, but he had spotted this buck enough times that he decided to hunt him. "Although I could see where the buck was going from the place where I'd seen him several times, his trail just seemed to appear and then vanish," Sheppard said. "I couldn't see where he was coming from, to get to that spot on the creek. Click for Larger viewFinally, one day I went under the bridge and realized that the buck had a trail - a well-worn trail he was using to come under the bridge. Next, he walked in the creek, and then he came out under a white oak acorn tree. So, I set up my tree stand to take the buck where he came out of the water and headed for the white oak. After I took that buck, I checked-under more bridges around the area as I hunted. I learned that you might find a very-good deer trail coming under a bridge in other places, and that the bridge often would serve as the neck of a funnel to allow deer to get from one side of the road to the other side of the road without having to cross the road."

To learn more about deer-hunting strategies, read Dr. Bob Sheppard’s new book, “Whitetail Strategies: An Unprecedented Research-Driven Hunting Model,” or listen to his free audio book digital download. Visit to learn more. The book is available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon and Dr. Sheppard. Contact Dr. Sheppard at

Tomorrow: Habitat Changes That Create Funnels Deer Use

Check back each day this week for more about "Why, Where and How to Find Buck Deer in Funnels."

Day 1: Larry Marchinton Tells Us How to Identify Funnels That Deer Use
Day 2: Shrinking a Bottleneck to Find More Deer
Day 3: Using Weird Funnels to Help You Take Deer
Day 4: Finding Deer Hunting Success at Funnels
Day 5: Habitat Changes That Create Funnels Deer Use


Entry 583, Day 4