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By Dick Scorzafava

As whitetail deer roam over almost every part of our land, and their range is continually spreading across North America today,  They inhabit virtually every type of terrain from the north to the south.  Some areas are preferred over others but the whitetail deer is a very adaptable creature.  He is in fact, a master at adaptation.  It is very important when you are hunting to find a good spot to kill a good deer, not merely a spot to see a deer.  Because where you actually hunt has an very large impact how successful you will be during the hunt. The deer hunter today needs to make strategic use of all the geographic land characteristics so that when hunting the deer hunter can boost their chances of nabbing that trophy buck.  Precise scouting aided by a topographical and aerial maps can help you identify potential areas that can be hunted during the season.  Remember that each section of whitetail territory must be individually and carefully investigated during the post and pre-season, long before you actually prepare the season’s hunting strategy. The very best strategy would be to do all your hunting during the post and pre-season and use the actual hunting season to kill the animal.

Hunting ridges and saddles can be a productive addition to your hunting strategy, but hunting the inside corners of a whitetail deer’s range can be very exciting and beneficial. But most of all they are most always productive. They are by far one of my favorite places to ambush a really good buck during all phases of the season, because of the terrain they are virtually forced into in these inside corners.
Deer movement will always be funneled towards a central area by one of these inside corners.  The deer hunter then can hunt from the edge of the territory without even crossing any of the whitetail deer’s travel lanes and hopefully keep his presence totally undetected as he actually remains outside the whitetail deer’s actual range.  What is an inside corner and how will you know when you have actually found one?

The best way to help you visualize this is to get yourself two square pieces of different colored paper, one being about one-fourth the size of the larger one.  Look at the larger square piece of paper that has four corners, each corner is along the outside edge.  No inside corners here.  If a whitetail deer were to travel about these wooded area trails and scrapes and other sign would be randomly dispersed across and back of the area of the square.  Place the smaller paper square on top of the first so that a corner matches.  Pretend that this small area is a field.  You have now reduced the area of the square, but the large area now has six points or corners and one is dropped within the range.  Whitetail deer will avoid the open field and travel in that area of cover therefore they will be funnelled or directed below the inside corner.

Now enter the deer hunter, or I should say not enter the deer hunter.  The deer hunter can set up his stand or ground blind if there are no trees available to put up a treestand on the edge of the field and enter and exit his site without actually crossing the whitetail deer’s territory. I personally harvested a really nice 11 point 160 class buck this way a few years ago out of a ground blind, because I knew the buck had to move through this area of the inside corner, and I more importantly knew that my chances of killing him would greatly increase if I set-up an ambush site in that location. Guess what! Just 3 days later he walked by my ambsh site at 18 yards unaware that anyone was there and I was able to put an arrow through his lungs. I was the winner this time because I had done my homework and set-up onb tat very productive inside corner. The point here is if you know the buck you want to hunt has to move through an area find any way you can to set-up in that location, because it will be productive if you are very patient and wait him out. If there are no trees or trees big enough to put up a treestand find a way to construct a ground blind and make it as natural as possible so it will blend in with the vegetation where you are putting it up. Also its very important not to clear they area out to much, it has to be as natural as possible.  I have literally seen guys put up a ground blind and not add any natural cover to the blind.  They also clear they area around the blind so much it looks like a hay pile in the middle of a putting green on a golf course.  Is that natural, and then they wonder why they never see the big buck. It is equally important not to remove to much vegetation or tree branches if you are able to set-up a treestand.  The bottom line here is don’t give up on the spot, and be very careful with your set-up wheather its a ground blind or a treestand.

Every hunter knows the importance of remaining undetected in the woods, and being able to avoid walking through the bucks backyard will in itself be a big advantage. But it is also very important to be as scent free as possible to accomplish this I personally would not hunt one of these areas or any other area without wearing a Scent-Lok suit. Remember Whitetail deer live in a world of scent they even communiate with scent and if they wind you they will be gone, and in many cases especially in the east because of the thick cover and rolling terrain you will not even get a glimpse of him. Making the hunter think he has set-up in the wrong place, but in reality the big buck winded you and went right around you and you were not even aware he was there. So always keep your human scent in mind in these hunting situations, and even your pre-season scouting because if there is to much human scent left behind while you are scotting you could literally repattern your buck to another location.

There is another variation to this type of inside corner, that can be illustrated by your tearing your small square in half and making two rectangles out of it.  Place a rectangle on one corner of the square and the other rectangle on another corner thereby creating a range that has two corners on the inside.  This will limit deer movement even more and the careful deer hunter will select a stand or blind location where the deer should parade by within easy range.

There is no doubt that hunting an inside corner or a double inside corner can greatly increase your prospects in the field.  Finding such an area where a trophy buck is located can be a boon to your hunting strategy.  Hunting such an area can allow you to focus your attention on a likely spot to tag the whitetail of your dreams not just have a slim chance of seeing it.  It makes sense that if the buck avoids the projections of open space within his wooded and safe home range, that those trails and travel lanes that will be used must be pulled closer together and receive more traffic.

Mother nature has equipped the whitetail buck with extraordinary senses to prevail.  She has given them the instinctive behavior to adapt to any geographical location and he can prosper virtually anywhere.  It’s nature that has also created these infringements of open space into the protection of the woods.  It is the deer hunter who must take advantage of this bounty and make the best use of it.  Hunt the areas that house bucks and feature any characteristics that you can rely on to move deer past you.  Select a very good spot to set-up your ambush sites for the hunt, do your scouting and setting up early, not a week before or the day of the hunt. Its like the old saying goes you will get out of something, what you actually put into it.  Basically no effort no reward.   And when the opportunity presents itself, try hunting an inside corner, they truly are a great place to kill a good buck if hunted correctly.  By taking advantage of yet another technique to add to your overall deer hunting strategy it could put you on a big buck this fall and the reward will be yours.

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