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The UThe U Posts: 1 Greenhorn
Just gettin into huntin in SE & SW florida and have had a lot of fun already just gettin out in the woods. Right now I'm trying to pick up on scouting and before that I need to brush up on terminology. I'm pickin up terminology from several hunters but it seems they all have different interpretations. I have a few questions to start:
(1) What is a flagpong? I hear hunt the flagpond. I hear sevral quotes as I saw the deer walk across the flagpond. Then I hear a guy refer to a flagpond as a vegetated island (anything from palmettos, pines, wax myrtles or all together) in the middle of a wetland surrounded by pine woods.
(2) Hunt the Cypress Heads? Is this finding cypress head islands in the middle of a wetland or big areas of cypress stands. Deer don't bed there do they
(3) Walkt the rub line? The intent is find the main bedding area and the food plot course. What do deer mainly feed on in the middle of big area of pinewoods where a rub line is discovered - Look for oaks or berry/fig plants? Hard for me to tell what exacty their feeding on.

Any input of your interpretation is appreciated.

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  • JRussellJRussell Posts: 1,411 Officer
    The U wrote: »
    Just gettin into huntin in SE & SW florida and have had a lot of fun already just gettin out in the woods. Right now I'm trying to pick up on scouting and before that I need to brush up on terminology. I'm pickin up terminology from several hunters but it seems they all have different interpretations. I have a few questions to start:
    (1) What is a flagpong? I hear hunt the flagpond. I hear sevral quotes as I saw the deer walk across the flagpond. Then I hear a guy refer to a flagpond as a vegetated island (anything from palmettos, pines, wax myrtles or all together) in the middle of a wetland surrounded by pine woods.
    (2) Hunt the Cypress Heads? Is this finding cypress head islands in the middle of a wetland or big areas of cypress stands. Deer don't bed there do they
    (3) Walkt the rub line? The intent is find the main bedding area and the food plot course. What do deer mainly feed on in the middle of big area of pinewoods where a rub line is discovered - Look for oaks or berry/fig plants? Hard for me to tell what exacty their feeding on.

    Any input of your interpretation is appreciated.

    #1 A flag pond is a low lying area that is normally flooded and has a muck bottom. Plants typically called flags grow in these areas. Deer like to feed in and around them.

    #2 Deer like to walk the edges of cypress heads and sometimes use game trails that are inside the larger more mature heads.

    #3 Food sources will change throughout the year. If acorns are dropping they will probably be feeding on those. There is food everywhere in FL though so targeting a food source can be difficult. For example I recently watched a doe feed on hitchhikers for 30mins!
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  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,340 AG
    Everyone has differing definitions it seems.

    Flag pond - Fireflag (Thalia geniculata
    thalia-wide3-8:13:10-068.jpg

    Not all wetlands are flagponds.

    Cypress head = cypress dome - main tree = Pond cypress (Taxodium ascendens
    That's a cypress dome/head in the background, rest is pine flatwoods. Some domes have little hummock islands, especially during low water.
    800px-Cypress_dome.jpg

    List of Florida native plants deer love.

    http://www.bowhunting.net/NAspecies/openwhitetail4.htm
    Table 62. Common browse species and their parts preferred by whitetailed deer in the Coastal Plain. Browse species Frequency of use Plant parts utilized Season of greatest utilization
    Red maple Intermediate Leaves, twigs Spring, Summer
    Rattan (supplejack) Common Leaves, twigs Spring, Summer
    American beautyberry Common Leaves, fruit Spring, Summer, Autumn
    Common trumpetcreeper Common Leaves, twigs Spring, Summer, Autumn
    Fringetree Common Leaves, twigs Spring, Summer
    Swamp cyrilla Intermediate Leaves, twigs Spring
    Common persimmon Common Fruit Autumn
    Strawberry bush Common Leaves, twigs Year round
    Carolina jessamine Intermediate Leaves, twigs Year round
    Smooth hydrangea Intermediate Leaves, twigs Year round
    Deciduous holly Common Leaves, twigs Spring, Summer
    Yaupon Intermediate Leaves, twigs, fruit Autumn, Winter
    Virginia sweetspire Common Leaves, twigs Year round
    Japanese honeysuckle Common Leaves, twigs Year round
    Sweetbay Intermediate Leaves Year round
    Red mulberry Common Leaves Spring, Summer
    Blackgum Common Leaves, fruit Spring, Summer
    Redbay Intermediate Leaves Year round
    Buffalonut Common Leaves, twigs, fruit Spring, Summer
    Oak
    White Common Fruit Autumn, Winter
    Laurel Common Leaves, fruit Autumn, Winter
    Water Common Leaves, fruit Autumn, Winter
    Willow Common Leaves, fruit Autumn, Winter
    Poison ivy Common Leaves Spring, Summer
    Blackberry Common Leaves, fruit Year round
    Dewberry Common Leaves, fruit Year round
    Black willow Common Leaves, stems Year round
    Sandbar willow Common Leaves, stems Year round
    American eider Common Leaves Year round
    Common sassafras Common Leaves Spring, Summer
    Saw greenbrier Common Leaves, shoots Year round
    Cat greenbrier Common Leaves, shoots Year round
    Common greenbrier Common Leaves, twigs, fruit Year round
    Laurel greenbrier Common Leaves, shoots Year round
    Lanceleaf greenbrier Common Leaves, shoots Year round
    Mapleleaf viburnum Intermediate Leaves, shoots Spring, Summer, Autumn
    Arrowwood viburnum Common Leaves, twigs, fruit Spring, Summer, Autumn
    Summer grape Common Leaves, twigs, fruit Spring
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