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Buck bedding is one of the most critical buck behaviors to study if you want to corner them down quickly, which will make you wonder: do bucks bed in the same spot? Bucks have favorite bedding spots and will sleep there repeatedly for some days, weeks, or even months. At some point, a mature buck will even kick younger bucks out of their bedding spot.
Our article ‘Where Do Deer Sleep’ will give you more insights into the most common deer sleeping places. In this article, we will answer the question of whether bucks can maintain a sleeping spot, but first, we need to understand their bedding patterns.
Be that as it may, bucks’ bedding patterns are not cast on stones. They depend on various external factors that dictate whether they will maintain the same bedding spot or shift to a new one.
Bucks Bedding Patterns
Buck bedding patterns are crucial trends to hunters who wish to have success in their hunting experiences. However, to successfully master buck bedding patterns, you have to invest in patience and study their behavior. So, what influences buck bedding patterns? Let’s find out below.
The Direction and Current of Wind
You may be wondering how direction and current of wind influence the decision of a buck’s sleeping spot. Well, it does. One reason a buck would settle for a specific sleeping post is if the place is safe from predators.
One major way bucks detect a predator’s approach is by smelling their scent long before they appear on sight. This means wind plays a significant role in bringing this scent to the buck’s resting place early in advance. So bucks will bed in areas where the current of wind is strong, and it moves in a direction that alerts them of danger before it gets closer to them.
You should not be surprised if a buck changes sleeping patterns with changing wind patterns. They will do that to keep them safe and alive.
The Presence of Huge Trees
Huge trees in the woods are likely areas you will find bucks bedding around. Bucks use trees to rub their foreheads and antlers to mark territories. Whatever the reason for the rub is, bucks love doing it against huge trees, and they will often do that in their sleeping spots.
This means you will most likely find a buck’s sleeping spot beneath the woods’ big trees. If a tree is cut or falls, the buck may not have reasons to continue bedding in the same place and are more likely to find a new bedding spot.
Rutting and Breeding Season
When the rutting and breeding season approaches, bucks’ lives patterns tend to change. They tend to eat and sleep a little to create more time searching for mating partners. This also means they may change their bedding spots and move closer to sleeping posts to maximize their chances of securing mates.
You are more likely to find bucks sleeping in the open where does sleep during the breeding season than any other season. Does also lead bucks in denser areas to try to discourage them from making more advances.
In as much as a buck would like to maintain their bedding spots for a long time without interruption, they cannot control predators. Bucks will change their bedding spot in the event they smell any sign of danger around their usual bedding spots. However, they tend to come back to these favorite bedding spots whenever they feel it is safe. So they will disappear for a few days or weeks then come back to their original bedding spots.
Closeness to Food and Water
When all other factors are constant and little to no pressure on the buck’s back, they tend to sleep near water and close to food resources. When rutting season approaches, things change, and they may consider getting far off near the food and water resources in the search for mates.
What are the Bucks’ Sleeping Habits?
Bucks and deer, in general, spend most of their time sleeping or resting (about 70% of their time) than they spend in any other activity. This means most of their habits are natured in their bedding spots. Some of these habits include:
Grooming is an essential event in the entire deer family, and they do it perfectly well in their bedding zones while relaxing. A buck would groom by tending to its tarsals, metatarsals, and interdigital glands. This, however, does not mean the buck is lost in thought and the grooming process. They are always alert and ready to flee upon any attack.
They Use their Nose to Sense Danger.
When bedding, the buck’s most sensitive organ is the nose and their sense of smell. Bucks and deer, in general, have nasal glands that will lubricate the nose, making it function correctly. This means you can hardly stalk a buck at close range without them detecting even before they see you in their bedding spots.
A buck also sleeps with its back facing the direction where the wind is coming from. This helps them ‘smell’ danger from behind early before seeing or hearing the danger approaching while bedded.
Sleeping with Eyes Open
When bucks choose to have a bedding zone in the open, they have to do so with caution in mind. When in the open, bucks sleep with their eyes open to maximize their safety chances. You may count yourself lucky to find a buck in such a position when hunting. But before you count yourself lucky enough, make sure you are at a safe distance where the deer won’t sense your presence by either seeing you or perceiving your scent.
Sleeping with their Head Down
This posture mainly occurs in the rutting season. The rut leaves the bucks exhausted to the point they will lie down and lower their head down to the ground for a deep but short nap. Still in this position, their ears remain active and angled to pick any approaching footsteps. They may not be lucky, though, if you find them in this position while hunting using a gun.
Bucks would sleep on the same spot day in, day out. However, with so much revolving around their lives, they may not maintain the same sleeping positions. As a hunter, you, therefore, have to adjust with their changing bedding patterns if you want to level up your chances of succeeding in the hunting fields.
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