Our management hunt (Sept. 21) is getting closer every day and we are having a blast preparing for it!
Old Cabin Stone Found by Author- Inscribed with date of 1896
As I mentioned last week, I love scouting nearly as much as I like hunting.
There is something special about getting out and wandering around the timber.
I have killed a lot of deer as a result of just milling around, just checking things out.
It’s amazing all the things you find in the woods besides deer sign.
It may feel as if you are the first person to ever step into a particular piece of ground but it’s highly doubtful.
In last week’s post I featured my first early season muzzleloader buck – back when I had hair.
Harvesting that buck was a direct result of in-season scouting and the buck was shot standing right in the middle of an old house place.
The hills in Missouri are littered with old cabin spots where people one lived and bucks just seem to love these places.
Hunting is just so much more than the kill – it can be an archeological gold mine as well!
Here in Florida we constantly find old clay pots that were once used to gather pine sap to make turpentine.
If your scouting is just focused on whitetails you’re missing half the fun!
We’re working on a particular piece of ground chosen because of nearby fields on private land.
Many times your search for a buck will be based on theory.
Taking into account the general nature and habits of whitetails you look at a piece of ground and try to predict what the deer may do.
This can help you zero in on a potential hot spot based on deer behavior and topography.
Now you can drag out the boots and start laying the leather to the ground.
In this modern age of game cameras this will help you find an initial spot to hang your camera.
In the old days this would give you a starting point, a place to hang your stand and start the in-field observation process.
Game cameras are great – but they can’t see 150 yards away.
Being in a tree gives you a chance to see things a game camera will miss.
At current, we are theorizing that the deer will leave the private land green fields and head east into the government property where there are huge swamps.
We’re assuming they will cross another field following an edge that enters the state forest.
Then we are theorizing they will proceed east, cross the creek, and then continue east towards the swamp we talked about last week.
Once they cross the creek there is a particular flat area at the north end of a series of sloughs.
We have located three trails that fan out once the deer cross the creek.
There are plenty of tracks and droppings in this area.
Inside of a 100 yard circle there are two natural land bridges and a large fallen tree that appears to funnel the deer north across one of the land bridges.
Currently, one of our cameras is hanging on the middle trail at the top of the second land bridge.
The third trail swings south and down the creek.
We have prepared two different approaches that will take us directly up to the back of the trees we have selected.
One tree is for a southerly wind and the other for a west or northwest wind.
We’re going to retrieve the camera on the day we hang a stand in a few weeks.
We’re not putting all our eggs in one basket however.
Unless we see something worth moving for we are going to hunt a new location every day – you can’t beat the element of surprise.
We are hunting for a trophy buck the first two days and on the third we are taking a doe if we get the chance.
We’re only getting three days here for the entire year and we might as well put some meat in the freezer.
The next weekend we’re headed to an entirely different WMA for more of the same – we love it!
What is your early season game plan?
Do you have any cameras out?
Have you stocked up on freezer wrap?
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If you have any good trail cam pictures please share them with us as well. We would love to see them.
Keep It Simple – J