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Where are the Deer in August?

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Hey guys,Doing archery for the first time out here in the great state of California, and was wondering what altitudes the deer are at in August. I heard they migrate up higher during the hot season, any base to that thoguht?Tom

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Yep the big bucks are usually up as high as they can get. Cooler up there.

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I always find that you see them in everyone's yards up in the hills they're sneaky. It keeps them away from the mountain lions too. But yes higher early and as the temps come way down with the snow they move lower.

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I agree with John... They are in peoples yards.. Around me we have resident deer that live here year round. But they hang out in the orchard and up in the up in the oaks above my house. My mom lives a couple of miles away and shes in a more city type setting. 2 and 3 acre lots, that is where the majority of the deer are LOL.. They KNOW archery is coming...and are hiding out, getting fat on all the free handouts and plants in peoples yards.. Its nothing to see bucks bedded down in someones yard under a shade tree.. And mama deer with wee onesin tow as they go from house to house...

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Generally this time of year, look where the timberline ends. First snow, they will head into the timber and down lower. Last year in Colorado even found them a couple of thousand feet above timberline which was real surprising, don't normally see them up that high.Darren

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I would start mid mountain to and work your way to the top.. Look in draws and canyons. I usually find a well used trial with good sign and start working that. The problem with the deer here is it's harder to connect because they do not pattern themselves like whitetail or mule deer. Stay after them! You'll get one and when you do it will be the best feeling every, especially with a bow! I get one with my bow just about every year.. What zone are you hunting?

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find water and find the deer then follow tracks to one of their bed spots right now they will be doing the same thing every day

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I was going to hunt D5, been scouting out some area around strawberry. I was wondering if that is high enough this time of year, 5500'.Tom

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Raptor, you'll see some bucks there, but the bigger ones are up higher - tho' you'll sometimes find the rogue big buck lower. I'm going up to D3-5 areas and to at least 7,800' - 8,500. There'ssome great granite/limestone shelves that I tend to see the big guys hanging around...sometimes it can take a while to spot them glassing...ear twitch or slight movement to catch their antlers..

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sorry, for the repeat post...my browser/network is having issues...errrr....

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We hunt at 11K ft in Colorado.. They are there...Best time to hunt the high country is when the snow flies :popcorn: Sends them big boys into rut and they get stupid..

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We hunt at 11K ft in Colorado.. They are there...Best time to hunt the high country is when the snow flies :signs1242cn: Sends them big boys into rut and they get stupid..
That is soo true...

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I agree with John... They are in peoples yards.. Around me we have resident deer that live here year round. But they hang out in the orchard and up in the up in the oaks above my house. My mom lives a couple of miles away and shes in a more city type setting. 2 and 3 acre lots, that is where the majority of the deer are LOL.. They KNOW archery is coming...and are hiding out, getting fat on all the free handouts and plants in peoples yards.. Its nothing to see bucks bedded down in someones yard under a shade tree.. And mama deer with wee onesin tow as they go from house to house...
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I was going to hunt D5, been scouting out some area around strawberry. I was wondering if that is high enough this time of year, 5500'.Tom
Stawberry is D6 go where the people are not.

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find water and find the deer then follow tracks to one of their bed spots right now they will be doing the same thing every day
Yep find a water source and you will find deer.

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This is gettin interestin !Just might get a D5 tag.So, who's going where ?Might do a Google Earth up there.

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