Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

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What grade would give your 2010 whitetail scouting?

 
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby Wrinkleneck » Thu May 20, 2010 6:55 am

Gave myself a "D" I managed to get myself into a BAD snowmobile accident this winter, thus I only got the chance to get out scouting 1 time before it got way to green around me. I did manage in that 1 scout to find some good information and a couple of nice sheds. I really wanted to get alot more scouting in this early spring, but I am still living so I will be able to scout as time permits. I just hope there is some way I can pull my new Mathews Z7 back before the season begins.


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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby dan » Sat May 22, 2010 12:30 pm

I hope everything works out for you Wrinkle, and there is no permanent damage.
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby Zap » Sat May 22, 2010 12:34 pm

Sure green up makes it harder to scout.
But the prevailing north winds have the bucks bedding in different places than the early season south winds.
I recently checked two points that had no bed sign in march and found a bed in both places.

I guess I will continue to scout thru the summer.

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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby ocontocnty » Sun May 23, 2010 2:16 pm

I was on my way to an "A" after scouting hard in the Tiffany Marsh (Too many hunters), getting a nice stand site and camera hung in Douglas county, and finding some nice new buck sign in northern mn.
Ended up with lhymes disease though so I would give myself a D- for stupidity.
Oh well, if I shoot a beast this fall I will give myself a B+. :)
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby NatureBoy » Tue May 25, 2010 6:42 am

I'm going to give myself a B. At the end of Spring scouting this year I had cleared out 20 + new trees and made one new natural ground blind. All new spots are based on early season bedding/feeding patterns, prerut and rut activity or late season yarding patters. There were a few spots that I was not able to finish setting up due to other obligations; thus the B. But I'm more positive and optimistic about the 2010 season than I have ever been. Should be an interesting year with the late rutting predictions and all. I'm really looking forward to seeing if the predictions hold true or not.
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Tue May 25, 2010 8:14 am

Zap wrote:I guess I will continue to scout thru the summer.


You are a hard-core scouter, Marty 8-)

ocontocnty wrote:Ended up with lhymes disease though so I would give myself a D- for stupidity.


Nasty! classic symptoms and a bulls-eye rash? Sorry to hear that man- did the antibiotics make a difference?
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Tue May 25, 2010 8:18 am

NatureBoy wrote:I'm more positive and optimistic about the 2010 season than I have ever been. Should be an interesting year with the late rutting predictions and all. I'm really looking forward to seeing if the predictions hold true or not.


Sometimes it seems like fall takes forever to get here, doesn't it? Can't wait to hear how it turns out for you this fall, NB- sounds like you really got your homework done. 8-)
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby Casper » Tue May 25, 2010 10:50 am

I graded myself an A. Put in a ton of time, found some really good spots. Im prob going to go scout some public still, I'd like to find some spots to morning hunt without screwing up my private land.
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby NatureBoy » Wed May 26, 2010 1:26 am

Singing Bridge wrote:
NatureBoy wrote:I'm more positive and optimistic about the 2010 season than I have ever been. Should be an interesting year with the late rutting predictions and all. I'm really looking forward to seeing if the predictions hold true or not.


Sometimes it seems like fall takes forever to get here, doesn't it? Can't wait to hear how it turns out for you this fall, NB- sounds like you really got your homework done. 8-)

Thanks, likewise!
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby ocontocnty » Fri May 28, 2010 8:01 am

Singing Bridge wrote:
Zap wrote:I guess I will continue to scout thru the summer.


You are a hard-core scouter, Marty 8-)

ocontocnty wrote:Ended up with lhymes disease though so I would give myself a D- for stupidity.


Nasty! classic symptoms and a bulls-eye rash? Sorry to hear that man- did the antibiotics make a difference?

Yeah, I think I turned the corner on it. Finally getting back to normal.
Will do my scouting in March next year. :)
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby Zap » Fri May 28, 2010 9:09 am

ocontocnty wrote:
Singing Bridge wrote:
Zap wrote:I guess I will continue to scout thru the summer.


You are a hard-core scouter, Marty 8-)



I have found the repel 40% deet works real well.

At my age its best to stay in shape, that being said, I hike all summer.
I enjoy being in the woods, heat and bugs are a pain, but its really a matter of being prepared and attitude.
Deet, water, and mind over matter.

I find my time in the woods mentally rejuvinating.

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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Fri May 28, 2010 11:58 am

I've got some of that Repel, seems to work pretty well. Marty, keep an eye out on the "Outdoor Survival" tab, as we've got upcoming topics like dehydration, heat exhaustion / heat stroke, etc. Someone with your experience in the outdoors in the summer heat would be a valuable contributer. 8-)
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby Zap » Fri May 28, 2010 12:41 pm

I drink a liter of water an hour in the heat, if I am active.

Lotsa folks live their lives dehydrated, and dont even know it.


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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby woody-san » Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:24 pm

I give myself a C because I didn't get out much, but when I did get out, I was pretty successful at finding sign and beds. The first time I got out I found a really nice staging area that overlooks a ag field. The rubs I found were pretty robust, so that's encouraging. I didn't see any big tracks to indicate the buck was still alive, but that doesn't surprise me considering that the ag was long gone. I'm going to be sweating it out in June, July, and early August trying to get some more spots in. There are some spots I might not check out until the season is in...I'll do a little still hunting/scouting and set up on the hot sign. Should still be a good season regardless.
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Re: Grade Your 2010 Whitetail Scouting

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:40 pm

woody-san wrote:I'll do a little still hunting/scouting and set up on the hot sign. Should still be a good season regardless.


Scouting is where its at; that, along with a positive attitude make a big difference for me.

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