December 27, 2011 at 3:18pm
If you feed heavily, the deer should have made fairly defined trails coming to the feed. Just follow the trails and you should be able to get a good guess of where they are bedding. Set up as close as possible without jumping the deer. I personally like evening hunts best, that’s what I would try. If you are not getting any pictures in daylight follow the trails and set up away from the feed in the direction the deer are coming from. I had this same problem with a nice buck last year, he would come in during daylight before season, then once the season started he would only be on camera at night then he vanished. I saw multiple deer, small bucks and does at this spot early season and started noticing dried mucus on my camera and had a few face pictures of bucks and does all at night, all muzzling my camera, but my daylight sightings dropped. I took out the camera on a whim that they were checking my scent on that camera. Within a week deer started showing in daylight again. No buck though, I followed the trails I described and set up 300 yards from the feed in the evening and on the last week of the season I got the buck that had been slipping me all year at 545 pm, almost completely dark outside. I no longer use cameras, because when you check them you leave scent, just like a scent wick, I think the story above is decent proof of this. If you can not see a defined trail, look at the trees, a lot of times where there are natural openings, deer will use that as a travel route. Don’t be afraid to feed and hunt the trails far away from the feed instead of the fed spot, this will work, just have patience. Good Luck.