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post #11 of 128 (permalink) Old 01-28-2019, 11:30 AM
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I'm still hunting geese and small game but I'm always scouting for deer sign while hunting other stuff. Last week while squirrel hunting, I saw 3 nice racked bucks that all still had both sides of their head gear. They were following what looked like a very small doe. I've seen more nice racked bucks after deer season then I can remember. It should be a great year for nice buck next year.
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post #12 of 128 (permalink) Old 01-28-2019, 11:36 AM
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Every year we adventure on the other side of the road from the farm to squirrel hunt after Christmas till end of season in an 10 acre woodlot. This year was no different from years past, very few deer tracks in the snow. We weren't scouting, but we do take notice theres only a few deer tracks. After winter season? The place is loaded with deer on trail camera's & coming deer season, archery & rifle, thats the place to be to see deer & have a greater chance harvesting a deer vs across the road behind the farm in the woods.


Theres alfalfa, soybean,corn field's all around this patch of woods, but we never see more than a few deer tracks in the wood lot and in the fields in the winter months, plus cameras do alot of sleeping, nothing triggering to wake them up. My point is. Snow on the ground with very little tracks, deer sign, no trail camera photo's etc. some would think the area bite's. Coming fall that area could be the best spot than anywhere else.
That probably has to do a lot with the thermal cover available there in addition to easy access browse for the deer. If you don't have these things they will winter elsewhere. My property has both. However, in the summer months there are hardly any deer on our property. The colder it gets the more deer move in.
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Finally had a chance to get back out today. Scouted for a solid six hours in a area that I hunted during flintlock. Phone said I walked 8 miles. No new groundbreaking intel but a reaffirmation that I will definitely be hunting this area come fall. Have a pretty good idea of my entry points and even the trees I will want to hunt out of. Also found a my first winter shed ever . I was surprised how excited I got when I found it. Practically stepped on it before I noticed it. Looked to be a 1.5 or maybe a 2.5 year old but had some nice mass. May be a shooter according to my standerds come next archery season.
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It blows my mind that guys go out and find sheds ever year. I really think to be a skilled shed hunter, especially in the mountains you have to be meticulous with your search and move slow. I can’t seem to turn the scouting side of me off and just want to cover as much ground as possible. Find myself always looking at rubs, terrain features and trees to climb instead of scanning the ground. I am sure I have walked right by dozens of sheds over the years.

Also went by an area where someone shot a coyote during rifle season and left it lay. I was expecting to find fur and scattered bones but the thing looked the exact same as the day it was shot. This really shocked me because I would of thought for sure something would of eaten it or been picking at it. There wasn’t any signs of decay either.
Found a few more ladder stands and reflector tape that were put out during rifle season. Really ticked me off and was half tempted to rip them down but in the end decided I would be the better person and left them alone . They were in stupid spots anyhow.

So that’s scouting mission number two. Hope you guys are getting out there gathering intel as well and maybe finding a few sheds. I will be posting again in a few more weeks.
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post #14 of 128 (permalink) Old 02-10-2019, 11:29 PM
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Walked about 3 miles today, picked up 3 cams that have been out since New Yearís Eve. One spike and a young shed buck. Found some big rubs on a buck Ive been hunting..havenít been able to verify if he survived. My last time there for the season but heís very visible in the summer so heíll show in July if he made it. Been a poor post season for cams. Doesnít mean they arenít there but I certainly missed them if they are. Did find a deer leg.
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It's a good spot. Just not today.
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One thing I was thinking a lot about yesterday is my conditioning. I have no problem walking to all these spots but the grind of the season will start to wear me down if I am not in shape. My way out will be a 3O to 40 minute walk mostly uphill in the dark . The thought of dragging a deer is weighing heavily on my mind as well. I hunt too far away from home to expect many guys to come help Basically have my dad who is 66 and my brother. Even though my dad will argue with me I won’t let him drag much for fear of a heart attack. Heck I am at the age now where I could have one. Guess I could quarter it right there but that would take away part of the enjoyment taking it home and showing the kids. Going to really concentrate on cardio and strength training so I can handle the physical challenges.

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Shed hunting is a great activity to get us out at a lazy time of the year and to keep us in condition.

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One thing I was thinking a lot about yesterday is my conditioning. I have no problem walking to all these spots but the grind of the season will start to wear me down if I am not in shape. My way out will be a 3O to 40 minute walk mostly uphill in the dark . The thought of dragging a deer is weighing heavily on my mind as well. I hunt too far away from home to expect many guys to come help Basically have my dad who is 66 and my brother. Even though my dad will argue with me I wonít let him drag much for fear of a heart attack. Heck I am at the age now where I could have one. Guess I could quarter it right there but that would take away part of the enjoyment taking it home and showing the kids. Going to really concentrate on cardio and strength training so I can handle the physical challenges.
SH a deer cart will help. My brother and i bought one many years ago. We had a mile and a half walk. We are now 49 and 55 in decent shape yet BUT are in the range that we need to be more careful.

Been out scouting twice covered a couple miles each time. Always loved winter scouting. Thats the time to figure things out for sure.
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An old timer once told me, where the Deer are in Feb. & March is where you'll
find them come Oct.
Found 2 sheds recently when I was pulling my cams for maintenance but weren't this years drops.
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Not sure about the February-October thing but the deer usually use the area the same, if, can be a big if, if they are there. But Feb usually has the evidence to paint a better picture.. snow.
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Scouted/walked for 4 hours yesterday. Was able to walk 'cattle paths' through a clear cut. Man these deer have it worn down. Walked these tails and found zero sheds. Walked a field as well with no luck. Looked in all the beds and feeding ares with no luck. The snow makes it really nice to find all the activity going on right now. Felt good to get out and start breaking in the new boots.
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