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Public land scouting for deer #7219661 07/09/18 06:24 PM
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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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I dont scout. I just go. Too damn hot to go walking in that thick canopy.


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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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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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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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My scouting started the day after I shot my deer last year.

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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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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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Not a snowflake. Maybe a dingle berry

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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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Re: Public land scouting for deer [Re: ducknbass] #7223094 07/12/18 11:19 PM
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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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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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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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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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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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I enjoy this thread. There's a great satisfaction in shooting a buck in a public setting. Don't need to know specifics, such as where. But when and a hunt recap is always fun to read.


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Fun reading.

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New to this site, my apologies. But I am getting back into hunting deer and public land is my only option. Is the land open for scouting year round? Am I correct to believe that you can check it out any time? And is it mandatory to have your annual hunters permit? Sorry for so many questions, I am still learning to navigate this place.

Thank you.

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welcome ta texasHF & Public Hunting. Each WMA has its own rules, & state when open ta public. Usualy draw hunts tis when they closed. Be sure ta have the $48.00 permit, it goes from Sept 1 - end of August. And sometimes see None hunters, no hunters permit needed, its open ta the public.
Thar B some good hunten. Stay Safe, best wishes.
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Went and checked cameras today. One had 280 pics. Mostly does and fawns but a few young bachelor groups. Nothing to write home about.
Other camera had 926 pics of a branch blowing in 3 days 2 pics had a doe standing in the back ground. That was a 2 gig card. I replaced it with a 16 gig and did not know the branch was doing it till I got home! I'll let you guys know what batteries are in it. roflmao

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Same here. Put out cam, thought had clear opening, just before headed ta texas checked it. Small little branch kept setting it off. Few pics mostly doe & fawn. Did get pic of a fawn hanging around with an antler deer. confused2 Could it be a doe with antlers ? Might post thread in open discussion. posted some pics of couple bucks in photo
Also put cam out, two weeks later pulled card. BLANK. bang The card was high resolution, cam said it takes it, yet NO pics. Put in different card works okay. It been out few days.
Always enjoy the cam pic's of d wildlife.
bang tis d mosketoes, nats, chiggers, tics & such that drives me muyloco , & i've had a head start .
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Put in about 8 miles today at Richland Creek, found some stuff but for the most part was mostly dissapointed in what I found, oh well gonna give it a go anyways.

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I put on a few miles myself over at beacon lakes golf club. There are some deer on the course. Does that count??


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A mile is a mile and a deer is a deer.

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One way I scouted the Angelina Ntl Forrest above Sam Rayburn was to drive the roads checking the bar ditchs for fresh tracks after a good rain.When I found plenty of tracks going into a section of woods and none leaving the area I would hunt that section of woods.Seemed to work pretty good for me.Now that I am in the Beaumont area I am going to hunt the Lance Rosier Unit this year that method is pretty much out the window.Not many roads going into it but I did see three does on the road while driving in and doing a little scouting last weekend.It was awful hot but the deer looked healthy.Good sign of whats to come I hope.


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