hunting a new area after scouting it.

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hunting a new area after scouting it.

Unread postby ihookem » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:37 pm

I was scouting yesterday ( Saturday) and found the best sign I've seen all fall. Today I decided to recheck the area and the same area north of it . This area is along a small river. Sinse I have been there twice in two days, how long do you think I should wait before I head back there to hunt it? I is .25 mi. form the road and quite hilly in the Kettle Moraine S.F north. As I was heading there today I kicked up a deer. According to the GPS the deer was 159' from the road ;) DOn't always have to go back in a long ways. I feel good about this spot but I think I may have upset it. How long do you ussually wait before you hunt a spot you found?


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Re: hunting a new area after scouting it.

Unread postby Zap » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:42 pm

What is your goal?
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Re: hunting a new area after scouting it.

Unread postby PLB » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:45 pm

If I find hot sign I hunt it immediately.. I'm hunting mature bucks though. There is no cool down period. Shoot them before they smell you. Element of surprise.

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Re: hunting a new area after scouting it.

Unread postby ihookem » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:28 pm

My goal is to get a decent size doe for meat at least. A buck would be extra. I didn't have my bow or any gear. I just decided to take a drive ( ya know how that goes) Then,,, as I'm driving I see a rut in the ditch. I though,, wow, getting out sure enough, it is a deer trail. I only went down this road On Friday and noone there. SO I go back the next day, not knowing anything about the area except topo maps of the area Friday night. Though I'd take a little walk down along the river. It was raining fairly steady and I don't hunt in the rain much. I was disapointed cause it seemed more of the same ho hum public land . Then I get to this spot , I see a good trail crossing the river and wow, the trail spreads out to more trails ,, or several trails leading to the one main trail to cross the river. It is a shallow rocky spot on the river instead of them going into mud up to their knees and there is some farm fields across the river too. I could have hunted it tonight but it is a madhouse out there cause it was so nice last evening and today. I figure Tuesday Wednesday and maybe Thursday. I leave most weekends for scouting cause I am behind on scouting this year.
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Re: hunting a new area after scouting it.

Unread postby justdirtyfun » Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:26 am

You can sit that crossing during the rut maybe.

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Re: hunting a new area after scouting it.

Unread postby ihookem » Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:23 pm

I sat there last night. No deer. Some dude was canoeing or duck hunting along the river , about 50' from the stand. Sucks , he had a dog to make it worse. I saw a turkey and a squirrel. I will go back tomorrow , I think, cause there is a bit of rain coming in. I would like to get there and hunt just before a rain. Keeps out the other scouter, squirrel hunters, hikers, horse back riders, mushroom pickers, ETC, even saw 2 guys packing out from a camoing trip Sat. morning. It can be a zoo out there. I will most likely get a deer on this stand and if not I will be even more puzzled than I already am . I think it will get better as the acorns dry up cause across the river is corn on private land. SHould be good and can hunt it for years.
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Re: hunting a new area after scouting it.

Unread postby Zap » Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:35 pm

Walking or canoeing the edge of the river will quickly tell you where the deer cross it and then you can follow the trails in and pick a good spot.
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