Divergent wrote:Once there bedding starts receiving shade I move to the lower elevation. The sign in the bottom will tell you where the thermal hub is located. You’ll see rubs and possibly scrapes where they drop and go up an opposite ridge.
You can see small red dots. These mark travel route of deer dropping.
Orange is most likely where you’ll find the sign. They can check the ridges and draws to the south from the southern orange dot. They can check the southern and northwestern draws/ridges from the top orange dot.
You do not want to be setup higher in elevation than whichever hub location they’re using. If you are higher in elevation you will likely get busted by the falling thermal. You want to setup lower in elevation, so your scent is carried away from the sign.
Excellent. Thank you for putting this together.
Your initial setup with the thermals still rising is what most people think of for a perfect setup; thermals rising, downwind of the bedded bucks and its only a matter of waiting until primetime for them to come amble by below you and you seal the deal. Except, lots of things change during that last hour of light and your perfect setup is now perfectly sending your scent down not only directly below you but down the draw to the hub. Who knows how many deer smelled that you were up on that ridge? I wonder how many bucks I've spooked hunting these spots and not even known it.