Photo by Lance Krueger
Three killer ground-blind setups for fencerow bucks.
A spot where the fence is broken down or where a gate is open for long periods makes a perfect crossing for deer. Often bucks will be cruising along the fence and simply slide over to the other side. You can predict which side they’ll favor by looking at the ground. Is it soybean stubble or low-cut alfalfa that makes for easy walking? Or freshly plowed ground where the footing is difficult? You can bet a cruising buck will take the less demanding path. Set your blind on that side.
Fencerows that bisect ridgetop fields, usually connecting two woodlots or brushy draws, get a lot of use by mature bucks, especially during the seeking phase of the rut because (1) the ridge itself is a natural travel corridor; (2) the fencerow offers a bit of security in a place where bucks can cover lots of ground with their eyes looking for does; and (3) thicker cover is not far off. Look for a plum thicket, a patch of sumac, or even a piece of abandoned farm machinery along the fencerow to help hide your blind. Tuck it in tight, brush it well, and wait.
The Corner Intersection
Where two fences intersect, your odds of seeing a buck double. Plus, intersections are common places for farmers to pile rocks, rolls of old barbwire, hay bales, or broken-down farm equipment. Your ground blind will fit right in. Set up on the downwind side, in the field that offers the easiest walking for a buck. But hedge your bets, too, if possible: Trim lanes that will let you slip an arrow through the fence strands at a buck. Or stake a buck-and-doe decoy combination to lure him to your side of the fence.