Help me with this public land.

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Help me with this public land.

Unread postby JeremyD » Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:12 pm

I am taking Friday off to scout this piece of public land. Where do you think the beds might be? I have never been to this land before.
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Re: Help me with this public land.

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Unread postby Tennhunter3 » Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:01 pm

I would also check east of the 903 symbol in that hooked point on east ridge. Your black dot 60 the east side ridge.
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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby JeremyD » Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:09 pm

The black dot was only to mark the lot. The lots are numbered. But I will check it out!

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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby JeremyD » Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:11 am

Anyone else? This will be my first beast scout so I want to get a good start.

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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby Zona » Fri Jan 23, 2015 2:41 am

First of all, many here have more experience than me in bed based hunting. But I usually can find good bucks, killing them is another story.

Personally, this time of year I would locate the food sources and follow any big tracks or rublines I find. In addition I would walk the leeward side of any hill, knob or thicket looking for potential bedding. I map all large rubs, multiple rubbed areas, scrapes, doe beds and buck beds I find. Those areas that I determine to have a high probably of a good buck living there will be visited in the spring for further investigation to pinpoint the exact beds, entrance and exit routes and stand placements.

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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby Jeff G » Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:10 am

what wind direction is most common?
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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby JeremyD » Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:15 am

South or SE wind.
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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby Jeff G » Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:24 am

I would check out all the leeward sides based on your most common wind set up.
Assuming south is the bottom of your image, I would check out just east of the 903 mark, southeast of the 905 mark, the point just below the 953, the pinch point just southwest of the black dot marked 60.
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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby palmbardier » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:44 am

Jeff G wrote:I would check out all the leeward sides based on your most common wind set up.
Assuming south is the bottom of your image, I would check out just east of the 903 mark, southeast of the 905 mark, the point just below the 953, the pinch point just southwest of the black dot marked 60.


Assuming south is the bottom of the image, wouldn't the lee-side (i.e. sheltered from the wind) be N of 903, NW of 905, N of 953, and the N side of the knob just below the black dot marked 60? That saddle (or what you referred to as a pinch point) is likely a good spot to scout for beds but could be very difficult to hunt in a S wind.
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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby Jeff G » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:46 am

South/southeast will work as a leeward side on those ridges. The pinch point had a leeward side and is a good spot for rut cruising.

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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby Jeff G » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:51 am

What I am referencing is if the wind I blowing in a south/south east direction. I wasn't clear in my explanation.

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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby dan » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:57 am

Not sure how the hunting pressure is there, but I would expect other hunters to flock towards the big hill... I would look along the transitions along the river bottom and look for isolated areas where others have to cross water to get too.
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Re: Help me with this public land.

Unread postby palmbardier » Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:01 am

Jeff G wrote:What I am referencing is if the wind I blowing in a south/south east direction. I wasn't clear in my explanation.

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No, no. It's my mistake. I'm new to reading topos so I'm still trying to learn all the terminology. Here in SW Ontario topos are almost useless as the land is flat as f*ck. Also, the convention here in Canada when someone says
JeremyD wrote:South or SE wind.
is that they mean a wind that is coming out of the South or out of the South-East, blowing in a N/NW direction.


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