Well, it was better than a day at work that's for sure. No movement in the AM area, except for some very loud squirrels that almost got my small game head....
Found some sign in the vicinity and in the way out, so I didn't pick a terrible spot, just not the right day/time.
Afternoon location was easier with the midday to walk it and speed scout, followed by a sit.
Two good learning items:
Need to ditch the backpack when it's this hot. Too much crap to carry.
Never ever wearing rubber boots for warm early season. Damn near got trench foot.
Three things I need to research now:
1) do all scrapes need to have a licking branch near it? Found some weird patterns of 18" ish "scrapes" but no overhead /mid height branches nearby, just real low stuff. Maybe some other animal having fun?
2) how much do deer dislike sticker bushes and thorns? As much as me after this afternoon?
I'm wondering if it's a "no go" when very thick thorns, or not unless there is a compelling reason, or do they just not care? Curious how it would affect travel between two POIs.
3) how to decide if something might be bedding vs some patch where things aren't growing or are matter for whatever reason... Like the attached.
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