upwind predator wrote:raisins wrote:upwind predator wrote:Thanks you 2 and thanks abishai for pointing out the saddles, and possible deer travel. I walked it last spring and i noticed there arent any defined trails just faint ones is that the norm with hill country? I know when i walk it ill have to figure out how to hunt it wind wise. Any tips to keep in mind there?
Higher elevations have better drained and thinner soils that do not hold sign as well as other areas.
So, a faint trail at higher elevation is of more note than the same in a valley.
Whenever I've seen "cow paths" at higher elevations/rugged terrain it's been in an area where it was super obvious why deer would be there. And it was "money" as far as at least seeing deer in general (not necessarily bucks).
Lastly, even in hill country, I find that habitat and edge is more important than topography. What I mean is this:
You can have a perfect saddle and topographic setup to influence deer movement in the middle of a monoculture and you will not see many deer using that travel path if there isn't a reason for them to be travelling in that area (i.e. perfect road to nowhere).
I usually look at aerial photos first to determine where deer might be feeding and bedding and then look at topography next.
I understand the whole edge deal where field meets timber, or cover meets open timber. But in hill country what should i look for edge wise in the timber and terrain itself? Like some examples.
I think you got it as far as hard vs soft transitions. Different forest densities, forest compositions, or forest age classes meeting are examples of soft edges.