Big Woods Bedding Area
One thing I have found as well is that Bing maps some times show fall images (I think Google Earth has a time setting as well), but if you set it for the fall you can really see transitions really well. That has been helpful for me.
Good luck and have fun with it.
My step dad use to hunt this area and he did very well, so I know there are deer there. His dad offered to take me out and show me where they hunted but I would kind of like to try and figure it out on my own, that is part of the fun!
Thanks for all the comments on this. It does help me formulate a game plan.
Good Luck all!
If it is low ground, they will bed in any cover where they are not laying directly in water, usually the thickest stuff they can find. Red willows are awesome, or tag alder thickets with a little grass in them. Small fingers or islands of slightly elevated ground. You can sometimes find large groups bedding together in these areas.
To me, though, it seems that big woods deer are less about a pattern and more about a home range. Within their home range, they generally go about in a fairly random pattern because they aren't disturbed all that often, so they might bed just about anywhere they find a bit of cover. If you find fresh sign, though, including beds, that is when we try to start determining ambush points along trails where we have the wind in our favor and good visibility, along with enough cover to stay hidden. If you find that stuff, then I say hunt there.