How to scout area with no obvious terrain and elevation change

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Re: How to scout area with no obvious terrain and elevation change

Unread postby jwilkstn » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:53 pm

If average hunters down there are anything like they are here I would avoid the powerline. Power and gas lines are magnets for lazy hunters.


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Re: How to scout area with no obvious terrain and elevation change

Unread postby Lockdown » Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:48 am

Even though some members have said how difficult it is to hunt, don't let that discourage you (not knocking anyone btw). Places like this will teach you things and help you grow as a hunter. If you can figure out a difficult property, an easy one will be just that.

Take the info they have given you and use it to your advantage. Not impossible you can locate a remote little honey hole that nobody else has found! Good luck!
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Re: How to scout area with no obvious terrain and elevation change

Unread postby cbigbear » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:20 am

Yes the intent was not to discourage, but to be honest. I have to travel 45 mins to get there so that also weights on my decisions about the place. If it was 5 mins away I'd definitely hunt it.

That power line is a jungle & is intersected by numerous creeks & sloughs. The adjacent woods are much easier to travel.

Boat access is key here & really boat access & camping on the river. Boat rides in the shallow, swift water that is stump filled eat up a lot of time, which makes camping the best option.
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Re: How to scout area with no obvious terrain and elevation change

Unread postby Jonny » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:54 pm

PK_ wrote:You couldn't pay me to bed hunt that terrain. I have learned that lesson the hard way. Not that the deer bed 'random' but they seem to just bounce around a lot because of unlimited options and no hard terrain features to draw them to a single spot and stay put.

I would drop a canoe into one of the smaller creeks and cut a paddle trail in the interior, find/create some kind of creek crossing by blazing a trail or something in a spot where I could slip right in by canoe and shoot them crossing or parcelling the creek. Probably need major work for shooting lanes, that stuff looks thick. I wouldn't touch it until the rut.

That is just my initial thoughts without actually seeing the property.


Looks exactly like an area I gun hunt in wisconsin. Creek bottom meets river bottom. No doubt deer bed down there but there is no rhyme or reason for deer to bed in a specific spot. Makes a great gun spot because when you go up 25' you can see a mile and the deer love it when pressure hits. I can't tell for sure, but lots of river bottom will have little 5-10' ridges running around all over, generally in one direction. During the rut, deer like to stay on top when they move, but once the guns go off they belly crawl on the bottom. Buck I shot this year was belly crawling right below me. I always sit on top of a ridge because it gets me another 10' off the ground.

Honestly from an aerial its tough to say what to look for, but if you walk it a couple times you might find something. Best of luck, if it is that thick I am sure there are a couple nice ones roaming it
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