Will deer bed in standing water?

By Grant Woods,

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I have a 40 acre bedding area in the middle of my 500 acre property in the southern part of Louisiana that doesn’t drain well. Would deer bed down in standing water or would they look to bed down in higher dryer ground?


I’ve never known of deer to bed in standing water unless they were sick and had a fever – trying to cool down.

I suspect deer in your area seek bedding areas on dry ground.  This may be small islands in the area that doesn’t drain well.

Enjoy creation,


January 6, 2016