magicman54494 wrote:mainebowhunter wrote:magicman54494 wrote:mainebowhunter wrote:Its interesting on the deadend trails. Many times when i am in bedding cover and i see a run...and it ends...i start looking for beds. Basically the trail is a bedding trail. Found that a few times this spring. I am on a run that just peters out. Found this again on Tuesday of this week. Could see a run...with old rubs...head into cover...but just ended. Bingo. There are the beds.
Is that what you are referring to when you say deadend trails?
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thats what you will see on foot and maybe on aerials. but you have to look at the bigger picture on aerials. does the spot dead end because of water or just a huge open area. maybe (like in my first example) the woods is laid out so they go an easier way to get thru that area. there may be 3 islands in a row with trails running from one to the other to the other but there may be another island off to the side that gets very little traffic. I wish I could show my spots because they are very good examples but I fear others will hunt them if I post them. I hope this explains it better.
I am guessing its because I am talking about totally different terrain. You will never figure it with aerials. Its solid timber, big woods. Secure bedding is EVERYWHERE. I would call it preferred bedding. So they bed accordingly. The reason for the run are the beds.
Thanks for showing the real spot...hello cyberstalkers...
hey maine, if you hunt big woods you might find this interesting http://www.thehuntingbeast.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17410 It's more about hunting than bedding.
BINGO. First paragraph is spot on how I scout bigger tracts of timber. Most of Maine is timber. 95% of my time is spent scouting edges (guys here call them transitions). Very subtle edges...softwood to hardwood edges. Some of the edges are much harder. My favorite edges are softwood or hardwood to alders/swamp/swale edge. Spend a lot of time in clearcuts this year of varying ages. Was on a brandnew cut today...just cut last fall. Followed a rubline 25yds inside the edge of the clearcut.
I do the very same thing...mark points on my map on my phone. But I won't derail this thread.