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#7219661 - 07/09/18 01:24 PM Public land scouting for deer
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Any of you ladies been out putting in the miles looking for deer?

I went Tuesday after work then all day Saturday. Put prolly 10,11 miles down total. Found some good bedding areas and saw a whole lot of deer, in two trips I saw 50 or so. Only 10 of those on Tuesday. Put out a couple cameras gonna let them soak for a month or so. Looking forward to getting those SIM cards out.

Am I the only one?


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#7219769 - 07/09/18 03:38 PM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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I dont scout. I just go. Too damn hot to go walking in that thick canopy.
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#7220288 - 07/10/18 04:11 AM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: Bigfoot]
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Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
I dont scout. I just go. Too damn hot to go walking in that thick canopy.


agree with Bigfoot, rofl call me a snowflake, do my scouting during the cool weather, hog only hunts. All the sign is thar.
Been doing some scouting here, we dont have the heat & humidity as ya'll do. Got cams out, bucks are in velvet, fawns up & moving.
60+ can use crossbow, looking at few options, or muzzleloader. Use gun rest. Best wishes.
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#7220492 - 07/10/18 09:44 AM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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I've been meaning to get out and scout, but just haven't carved out the time yet. Place I got my USFS antlerless permit on last year is nearly 4 hours away, so it's not a short trip. I was going to put in for it again this year but think I might look someplace closer.
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#7220510 - 07/10/18 10:01 AM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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That is a haul. Makes it rougher to scout.

If you like to watch any YouTube hunters check out the hunting public. They have some great scouting content.


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#7220917 - 07/10/18 04:15 PM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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My scouting started the day after I shot my deer last year.
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#7222019 - 07/11/18 06:00 PM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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Its a 2 hour haul for me also that is another reason I dont scout much. I need to go shoot a hog one afternoon and I guess you could consider that a little bit of scouting by looking for signs along the way but if I was really going to scout I would be walking in the woods 30 minutes before sunup to get in some desired area to sit and watch. That just sounds like a little too much effort right now in this heat when I already dont get much sleep as it is.LOL
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#7222022 - 07/11/18 06:01 PM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: colt.45]
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Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
I dont scout. I just go. Too damn hot to go walking in that thick canopy.


agree with Bigfoot, rofl call me a snowflake, do my scouting during the cool weather, hog only hunts. All the sign is thar.
Been doing some scouting here, we dont have the heat & humidity as ya'll do. Got cams out, bucks are in velvet, fawns up & moving.
60+ can use crossbow, looking at few options, or muzzleloader. Use gun rest. Best wishes.
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you aint no snowflake Colt!! Your a legend around here!
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#7222534 - 07/12/18 09:03 AM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: colt.45]
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Not a snowflake. Maybe a dingle berry

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#7222547 - 07/12/18 09:12 AM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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Cant really put in time to scout, since its nearly 2 hours to the forest.

What I've done in the past is mark GPS locations based on tracks & scrapes found and the forage that is exists around.
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#7223094 - 07/12/18 06:19 PM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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I used to. Back in my 30s. I scouted a month or so before season. Same areas produced deer every year. I killed 5 bucks in a 6 year span. No feeders either. Public land was all I hunted.
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#7223098 - 07/12/18 06:23 PM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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Not bragging, just stating facts. Of course I was younger then. I could spend all day in the woods. Hunters would go back to camp by 10:00 and push deer past me. Killed only one in the evening. Most deer are killed in the morning on public land. The woods have quieted down overnight. Spent a couple of days camping out with my Son. He shot his first buck on public land too.


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#7223166 - 07/12/18 07:06 PM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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Good stuff erathkid. I'm similar to you. I can spend all day in the woods. When I start getting cranky my wife will look at me and tell me to go to the woods. It's the way I've always been.

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#7223273 - 07/12/18 08:50 PM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: Erathkid]
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Originally Posted By: Erathkid
Not bragging, just stating facts. Of course I was younger then. I could spend all day in the woods. Hunters would go back to camp by 10:00 and push deer past me. Killed only one in the evening. Most deer are killed in the morning on public land. The woods have quieted down overnight. Spent a couple of days camping out with my Son. He shot his first buck on public land too.


I agree with you there. I have given up hunting deer in the afternoons in the SHNF and I strictly target pigs only in the evenings. I see tons of deer in the morning and I have never seen a deer in the evening while hunting. However while driving home on the main road I will sometimes see a few deer on the edges of the forest. Guess I am hunting the wrong place


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#7227689 - 07/17/18 08:32 PM Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass]
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I have done a light amount of scouting but the heat has honestly kept me at bay... I will kick it up around September when I go out dove hunting anyway lol

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