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The hardest part about killing big buck is...

Unread postby Lockdown » Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:44 am

Locating one.

When I did the first podcast with Seaz, I made the comment that I don’t summer scout much until roughly mid July. That changes this year. I’ve been out scouting a few times already, and have 3 cams out and will be putting more out very soon.

If you don’t have a target in mind, there’s no better time to start searching than the present.


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Unread postby Tim H » Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:27 pm

I’m just itching to do my summer scouting. I’m trying to find a weekend to head south so I can start glassing/shining and put out cameras. Summer goes quick so it shouldn’t be long now.
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Unread postby greenhorndave » Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:35 pm

I got eyeballs on what could be a good one, so I’m probably going to hang a cam. Tough to tell at this time of the year, though unless you cut a track. Not much antler growth is showing yet to be sure what you’re going to get.
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Unread postby muddy » Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:08 pm

After vaca it's time to deploy cams, take inventory, and start playing the game
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Unread postby Tim H » Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:15 pm

muddy wrote:After vaca it's time to deploy cams, take inventory, and start playing the game


Right after the 4th of July is when I start to really get excited. It’s like my summer is over and it’s time to get after them.
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Unread postby RidgeGhost » Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:18 pm

Finding one. I definitely agree. Not that they're easy once you know where they are, but it certainly helps.
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Unread postby thwack16 » Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:24 pm

RidgeGhost wrote:Finding one. I definitely agree. Not that they're easy once you know where they are, but it certainly helps.


Yep, hardest part is actually finding one. Been a problem for me the last few years here at home. There’s a few that I had make it last year though so fingers are crossed.
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Unread postby brancher147 » Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:58 pm

I agree finding one can be hard but not the hardest part for me. I find it is much harder to figure one out and get one in bow range or just even get an opportunity than it is to find one.
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Unread postby Mike32 » Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:00 pm

Tim H wrote:
muddy wrote:After vaca it's time to deploy cams, take inventory, and start playing the game


Right after the 4th of July is when I start to really get excited. It’s like my summer is over and it’s time to get after them.

This is pretty much the exact same way for me as well!!
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Unread postby DaveT1963 » Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:25 am

Living in an area with little public and then finding something worth pursuing.
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Unread postby roosterstraw » Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:35 am

Finding one.
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Unread postby Hawthorne » Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:43 am

Their eyes, ears, nose, paranoia, and the habitat they frequent
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Re: The hardest part about killing big buck is...

Unread postby Lockdown » Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:08 am

Mike32 wrote:
Tim H wrote:
muddy wrote:After vaca it's time to deploy cams, take inventory, and start playing the game


Right after the 4th of July is when I start to really get excited. It’s like my summer is over and it’s time to get after them.

This is pretty much the exact same way for me as well!!


If this works and you’re finding some bruisers to chase, then no reason to fix what isn’t broken. But I’m sure there are lots of guys out there who don’t have a pocket full of big bucks to pursue. I’m one of them.

Me finding a public land buck that tops 150 is fairly rare. But they’re out there... I know they are. My point is, I can tell a mature buck from a mediocre three year old in early June. So why wait 4-6 weeks to start searching?

You never know when that little bit of extra effort pays off.
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Unread postby Lockdown » Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:15 am

brancher147 wrote:I agree finding one can be hard but not the hardest part for me. I find it is much harder to figure one out and get one in bow range or just even get an opportunity than it is to find one.


You hunt mountains, correct? I can see how that has it’s challenges.

I probably should have been a little more specific in my original post too. There’s a big difference between just finding one (a single cam pic, or shining one by a road in the middle of the night) and knowing where one lives.

The more I do this the more I realize, at least around here, the older a buck is the more predictable he is. The problem is finding his exact bedding. I struggled to find the drop tine’s bedding last summer but once I did, I saw him leave bedding twice in three hunts and had him all over my trail cam.
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Re: The hardest part about killing big buck is...

Unread postby Tim H » Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:42 am

Lockdown wrote:
Mike32 wrote:
Tim H wrote:
muddy wrote:After vaca it's time to deploy cams, take inventory, and start playing the game


Right after the 4th of July is when I start to really get excited. It’s like my summer is over and it’s time to get after them.

This is pretty much the exact same way for me as well!!


If this works and you’re finding some bruisers to chase, then no reason to fix what isn’t broken. But I’m sure there are lots of guys out there who don’t have a pocket full of big bucks to pursue. I’m one of them.

Me finding a public land buck that tops 150 is fairly rare. But they’re out there... I know they are. My point is, I can tell a mature buck from a mediocre three year old in early June. So why wait 4-6 weeks to start searching?

You never know when that little bit of extra effort pays off.


If I lived in southern WI things would be a little different as far as when I would get out to scout. It's not that I don't want to or don't think about it, it's just right now I have other important things going on with the family and house. I'm also not after a 150s buck. Anything P&Y will be shot if I get an opportunity.


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