Scouting in hill country 4-7-13. Pic heavy!

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Scouting in hill country 4-7-13. Pic heavy!

Unread postby Crazinamatese » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:44 am

Mother Nature cranked up the good weather today and I decided to take a look at some MFL property with alot of steep ridges and spurs, narrow draws and such. My lovely girlfriend came along also. We didn't have to go far to find what I set out to look for, and we found some good stuff.

Here is a big rub. Dan believes that a mature buck rub will be mostly waist to chest height, I don't know how big the buck that made this, but its fun to find rubs like this.
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I found this bed right on top on a big flat piece of limestone sticking out of the hillside near the peak of a spur. This is the view underneath it. This is right up the hill from that big rub. Im not sure if this is a buck bed, but my Crazinamatese instincts say yes.
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The view from the bed looking SW. Notice the view of the road.
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Some white hair in the bed to confirm indeed it is a bed.
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Looking down on the bed.
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One of the best things about hill country is the beauty. ;)
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Another bed I found at the point of a steep spur.
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What the buck can see from his bed looking SE. Notice the road.
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Looking NW from the bed. Im guessing this buck uses this bed in a north/northwest wind too his back as he can watch for danger near the road.
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Unread postby Jackson Marsh » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:59 am

Good finds!

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Unread postby BGHUNTER » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:00 pm

Nice pics. Looks like a good scout.
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Unread postby Chris Conroy » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:05 pm

Looks like a great area. Day well spent outside with this weather. Is that public? Curious how the road is used in relation to the beds.

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Unread postby BigHunt » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:09 pm

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Unread postby Crazinamatese » Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:20 pm

Chris Conroy wrote:Looks like a great area. Day well spent outside with this weather. Is that public? Curious how the road is used in relation to the beds.

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Its MFL property. MFL land is private land open to public use in exchange for cheaper land tax. I noticed these spurs on a topo map and walking this land a few times, and with Dan's advice on a post I put up about this particular area awhile back, he was pretty much spot on where he marked where there could be buck beds. I noticed during bow and gun season, hunters were parking in the ditch on that road. I seen the spurs from the road and thought, man, I bet alot of deer sit up on those points and watch for hunters parking and walking into the woods. As I mentioned, I consulted with Dan, and I was happy to find beds where he said they should be. These beds are about 100-150 yards from the road. ;)
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Unread postby Swampthing » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:32 pm

Good stuff, looks like perfect scouting conditions.
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Unread postby PLB » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:22 pm

Classic big buck hill country bedding!!!

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Unread postby MN Legacy » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:15 am

Looks like some good stuff. A few more days maybe and I might be able to get out. As far as scouting some river
bottom stuff I don't know if that will happen this year as the flood will be get going up here.
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Unread postby PK_ » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:21 pm

Sweet.

Before paying attention to how these bucks bed, you wonder how any of them make it from year to year with all the hunting pressure. After you realize how strategic their bedding is, you wonder how any end up getting killed...
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Unread postby U.P. MAN » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:33 pm

Nice pics, cant wait to get down to western WI in a couple weeks to start scouting and hanging. Its been a long winter here.


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