How to Use Funnels and Pinch Points for Deer Hunting

Funnels and pinch points are often talked about by hunters. This can be caused by a small finger of foods the juts out into a field, or even a piece of the field that cuts back into the timber. Or it can be a line of cover with timber and or crop fields on one side and some sort of water on the other. The best funnels are typically located near a food source, whether agricultural or natural, and are in between two known areas of thick cover. If you have food in there somewhere, like a line of acorn trees for the buck to browse on while he travels, then you’ve got the perfect recipe for a surprise attack from above, especially with a crossbow. We all know that it is important to remain concealed, and as motionless as possible, for fear of alerting any deer to our presence. Sound like a formula for success to me! This is to say nothing at all about the extreme advantage that you’ll have with the ability to fire as shot off from that hunting crossbow while remaining seated. In addition to this, many crossbows come with illuminated scope reticles, making them the perfect tool to harvest that bruiser buck that walks by your stand just as legal shooting time arrives. Hunt those funnels.
Hunting from treestands when keying on funnels and pinch points gives you a far better field of view and more ability to make better shots on bucks or does moving within range. (Photo: TenPoint Crossbow Technologies)

Funnels and pinch points are often talked about by hunters. Sitting around a campfire and talking with your buddies about where your best hunting locations are, more likely than not, most will be centered around something like a funnel. The question is, do they actually know what a funnel for deer movement is, and why are they traditionally so good to hunt over?

Hunting between the food source and bedding area is an old tactic that works quite well.

First, a funnel is anywhere the deer movement will be bottlenecked down to a manageable archery shot. This can be caused by a small finger of foods the juts out into a field, or even a piece of the field that cuts back into the timber. Or it can be a line of cover with timber and or crop fields on one side and some sort of water on the other. Think of an hour glass, and if you find that sort of shape on an aerial map, you’ve likely put your finger on a funnel.

The best funnels are typically located near a food source, whether…

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