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Thread: Fence rows and treelines for hunting? Worth it or not?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    East Central Indiana

    Fence rows and treelines for hunting? Worth it or not?

    Do any of you ever hunt random fence rows or tree lines in the middle of fields or find deer hiding in them during the season? Gonna try something new this year and attempt to get permission to some areas that are between bigger properties but just a small strip of cover in a field or whatnot.. Have had terrible luck getting permission to any woods of any decent size or quality. Figure maybe they will say YES to someone asking to hunt places most guys would never attempt to hunt or waste their time on. I'm not sure if deer use them outside of being blasted at during gun season when they run anywhere they can to get away from the orange invaders.

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    Feb 2009
    Deer will follow a fence until they find the best place to cross. If no cattle are involved pre aproved by the landowner take the staples out and lower a few strands. They will cross it there almost every time.
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    Mar 2008
    Charleston, Arkansas
    Fence rows and treelines have helped me kill several good bucks. Treelines between two large wooded areas or across an ag. field are great travel routes for deer.
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    Mar 2008
    You have stumbled on one of the great secrets of deer hunting. That is: "hunt where there are no deer."

    I cannot remember the number of deer I have taken from a miniature pit blind that I dig annually along a half-mile-long brushy fencerow that connects feeding areas with bedding areas. No one would ever dream of hunting that spot when there are MILES of classic woody river breaks beyond it. Everyone wants to hunt the river breaks because that's the "deer" country.

    I lost that spot though. An outfitter bought the land. He pretty much had to buy it because the guys who were paying to hunt on his land could only sit there while we blasted the deer trying to get back to the bedding area from the feeding grounds. No doubt, they were complaining!

    It was fun while it lasted though, and more importantly, I learned the lesson you're learning right now.

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    fence lines/ tree lines act as natural funnels and are always a good spot. If you find a tree line between two fields or block of woods, 90 percent of the time deer will be using it.. Have shot and seen plenty of deer of deer using tree lines.. Depending on the size of the tree line,,, In my opinion a morning hunt would be better. The deer might use it to bed so they would see or hear you on an evening hunt.. scout the area to see if its used as a bedding area
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    Feb 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by muzzy90 View Post
    fence lines/ tree lines act as natural funnels and are always a good spot.


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    Oct 2011
    NE Ohio
    Great example here. Deer are bedding on the right side down in the woods and that smaller field on the right side is a Frigid forage big n beasty food plot. They will come and feed in the frigid forage plot then where that line is, is an opening in the fence and s break in the trees. They cross there 95% of the time to get into the larger field. Then where the orange dot is, is a stand. GREAT SPOT!tree line.jpg

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