Marsh scout 8-26-12

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Re: Marsh scout 8-26-12

Unread postby Bowhunting Brian » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:29 am

kenn1320 wrote:Nice, hope the dry land doesnt get you too much company. In that photo with the run, is that red mark on the tree the "boundary"? Never hunted Wi, just wondering if thats how they mark the public land there? Also are screw in steps legal on public land in Wi? Find any big tracks? 8-)


the red mark on the tree is most likely a mark to have the tree cut down or marked a trail, not a boundry. no, we can not use screw in steps on trees in WI on public lands.


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Re: Marsh scout 8-26-12

Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:42 am

Should be an interesting year hunting in the marsh this year with the extremely dry conditions. Even though we got quite a bit of rain the last month or so it didn't seem to have any impact.

Past years of dry conditions proved to be difficult because it opens up so much more area for the deer to bed. I prefer wet years since the high water funnels movement in more predictable trails and limits the amount of prime bedding areas.



If you find the right water hole it could be a benefit with more deer to choose from - due to the drought...?
You never know!

Good post and pics - thanks for sharing.
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Re: Marsh scout 8-26-12

Unread postby Dewey » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:20 am

kenn1320 wrote:Nice, hope the dry land doesnt get you too much company. In that photo with the run, is that red mark on the tree the "boundary"? Never hunted Wi, just wondering if thats how they mark the public land there? Also are screw in steps legal on public land in Wi? Find any big tracks? 8-)

I believe the red marks are for trees the DNR wants to have cut down. Don't know how they plan to get them off the island. Hope they don't drive heavy equipment through the marsh now that it is so dry. :shock:

Screw in steps are illegal.

Fresh tracks were very hard to find in the dry marsh peat.

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Re: Marsh scout 8-26-12

Unread postby Dewey » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:50 am

Edcyclopedia wrote:Should be an interesting year hunting in the marsh this year with the extremely dry conditions. Even though we got quite a bit of rain the last month or so it didn't seem to have any impact.

Past years of dry conditions proved to be difficult because it opens up so much more area for the deer to bed. I prefer wet years since the high water funnels movement in more predictable trails and limits the amount of prime bedding areas.



If you find the right water hole it could be a benefit with more deer to choose from - due to the drought...?
You never know!
thanks for sharing.

Problem is a major river runs right through this marsh so the deer have access to plenty of water even though the rest of the marsh is really dry.

I understand exactly what your saying Ed and my plan is to focus more on the beds closest to the river. ;)
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Re: Marsh scout 8-26-12

Unread postby dan » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:31 am

Acorns will be best on the edge of the marsh or on the islands. High ground acorns are effected by the drought. Should be good in those oaks opening week.
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Re: Marsh scout 8-26-12

Unread postby Dewey » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:16 am

dan wrote:Acorns will be best on the edge of the marsh or on the islands. High ground acorns are effected by the drought. Should be good in those oaks opening week.

I did notice quite a bit more acorns on trees near water just like you said. Oak trees have very long roots and can reach water a long ways away.

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Re: Marsh scout 8-26-12

Unread postby bbahunter » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:30 am

Nice scouting mission. One question? Is that a red flag, or red paint on the upper left tree in the second picture? If it is, just wondering if you will have more company in there come hunting season than you thought?
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Re: Marsh scout 8-26-12

Unread postby Dewey » Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:28 am

bbahunter wrote:Nice scouting mission. One question? Is that a red flag, or red paint on the upper left tree in the second picture? If it is, just wondering if you will have more company in there come hunting season than you thought?

Red paint. Read earlier in this thread for your answer. ;)

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Re: Marsh scout 8-26-12

Unread postby bbahunter » Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:48 pm

Dewey wrote:
bbahunter wrote:Nice scouting mission. One question? Is that a red flag, or red paint on the upper left tree in the second picture? If it is, just wondering if you will have more company in there come hunting season than you thought?

Red paint. Read earlier in this thread for your answer. ;)

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Yep, i just went back and read what you were talking about, missed it the first time. :oops:
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