*Official 2020 Scouting Thread

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  1. cantexian

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    Here is the online scouting I did for the archery only permit draw WMA that I drew this year. The first picture shows the land around the NE corner of the lake. This area immediately caught my eye because there are no boat launches nearby. The only way to access this land is by boat from the other side of the lake or being willing to hike in a ways.

    First picture shows the entire NE corner of the lake.

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    Second picture is the east side of the lake where I hunted last Sunday

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    Third picture is the area I had hoped to hunt. I got out too late to have time to hike into this spot.

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  2. cantexian

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    Pics didn’t upload for some reason. White lines are WMA boundaries. Purple lines are no hunting zone. Green shaded areas look to be oak flats for satellite imagery. Yellow lines are marked trails.

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    Second pic is a close up of the spot I hunted last Sunday.

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    Third pic is where I wanted to hunt but got out too late to hike that far in.

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    Topography maps of same areas.

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  4. virginiashadow

    virginiashadow Legendary Woodsman

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    Cantexian. Those pain in the butt spots to access sound good. You going to hunt or scout them soon?
     
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    Another place you may want to check is the top left corner. It maybe over looked because of easy access. If those areas you marked are oak tree flats and are a destination food source, they may be bedding to the north off the property border? The deer would drop off the ridges in the evening and follow stream straight to the oaks. The stream heading to lake will pull all the thermals down to it in the evenings, making a perfect travel route for deer.[​IMG]

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  6. cantexian

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    I hunted a draw right on the edge of the purple outlined no-hunt zone last Sunday. It is to the south of the parking area about 1.5 miles. Didn't see anything. I got out too late to hit the farther out spot to the west of the parking.
     
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    I had those same thoughts and I did notice that bench. Just have not had the time to dive in there and see if it holds true. My only concern about that corner would be that it is close to a popular hiking trail. Probably not a big deal in late season, but, I am in Arkansas and if the weather is pleasant in late October and November, all the hiking could shut down daylight movement.
     
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    You could still be surprised. I have one like that near my house. Always big bucks in there and usually within 100 yards of main trail that gets used every day. Some times deer just get use to it. I've never hunted this spot, but find big sheds in there. I too just have a fear of hunting close to the trail, but the sign and sheds don't lie!

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  9. cantexian

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    Archey season goes until the end of February here. I will definitely keep that spot in mind if I get a chance to hunt again. My boys started playing hockey a couple of weeks ago. Saturday mornings are a no go for the rest of the season.
     
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    I went for my first walk of the season yesterday. Found a bunch of rubs, this was pretty high up the tree and found what look like some heavily used trails. Probably a good rut spot being the amount of traffic through this area.

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    Phantom, those trails are awesome
     
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    I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited. Now to determine where they are coming from and where they are going. One thing for sure, come November I’m betting a hot doe will be walking them. Thanks.


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    Hey all. I’m new so I figured this would be as good a thread as any to jump in and get my feet wet on since I LOVE scouting. Here are a few pics of some post season rubs I have marked for next year. Stand locations have been marked and early season could be awesome. Also, I am from Arkansas.


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    Welcome to the forum! What part of Arkansas? I am in Little Rock.
     
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    alright guys now that the season is over my scouting for my first ever PA buck with a bow begins all over again.(been at this 14 years) I don't need the biggest buck in the woods, I have some private land that I will be hunting but those areas are over an hour away. I have a lot of pubic land around me and know there are deer on them. Ive killed plenty of does around this area over the years. My question is where would you guys begin the search if you were me, I want to take a whole new look at this property that I have been hunting for about 10 years, I could use a fresh perspective. My issue with the property is that it is almost impossible to get in deep where its hard to get to because there are easy hiking trails throughout the entire property.Where would you guys begin your scouting?
     

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    Thanks! I read that the other day! I followed you. I am from Huntsville right now, but have lived all over the state. Hunted lots of public around the central part of the state. Could probably help you with a spot or two.


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    I will try and look at the maps tomorrow and see if anything pops out for to me. Also I will throw this out there to you. If you wanted me to drive up for a day and do some scouting with you, I'd be down with that. I always like walking new ground!

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    This is as fun as hunting. Hoping to get out for a few scouts this week.
     
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    Just got back from pulling stands at another piece of public land, found some fresh scrapes and well worn trails IMG_2760.JPG IMG_2761.JPG


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    Now that all my applications are completed and submitted for grad schools, I'm still hoping to get out and do some scouting soon!!
     

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