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*Official 2020 Scouting Thread

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Talk' started by virginiashadow, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. Holt

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    You have your morning spot picked out? This cool weather had them moving

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    Not sure what to do. Haha
     
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    Alright I'm not above asking for help and you guys always blow my mind on reading maps. Gimme some thoughts. I've barely scouted this spot on foot and it was back in April. The pin on the east of the property was where I found rubs and scrapes and the elevation change is significant there. The beans are pretty much the crown in elevation. The crp is about to be cut to Bush hog height so there goes the bedding. Screenshot_20201001-112304_onX%20Hunt~3.jpeg

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    Here is a starting point. The black line is a ridge top where you may find scrapes and old rubs, especially if there are acorns dropping on top. White circles are benches which may become bedding in the woods with CRP is mowed. Also, all the thin tree lines coming out of the main block of woods have the potential to be travel corridors between your property and other blocks of woods on other propertys. Is there any water on there? I could not tell.

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    Well it is the inverse. Black line is a creek bottom that is year round flowing down that draw. The beans are the high point on the property. The bedding areas you highlighted are pretty spot on from what I saw the one time I scouted. I probably should have posted the actual topo along with it.
     
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    Chalk that up to a brain fart. I just assumed the fields were the low part and didn't look closely enough at the topo lines. The creek bottom should still be good if you go in on a high pressure day with no wind or a really windy day. Wind will swirl like crazy in there on gentle breezes.
     
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    What is the wind?
     
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    Without knowing the wind, I like this spot..terrain force from crp bedding to the beans. Close enough to catch them before dark.

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    Sorry I left you hanging. Apparently my notifications were flooded with LFTS. WNW is the wind tomorrow. I like that spot too from what I saw on the ground. Getting there...thats the challenge.
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    Looks like a good wind for tomorrow and for them to be bedded in that crp on the top of the hill...

    Either way, good luck!
     
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    Thanks! Luckily the crp isn't being cut till next week. So many deer there.
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    Going to see if this guy is home this afternoon. I had marked a a small red and white oak grove 80 yds from this bed this spring..and its downwind. Get in early to see if they are dropping. If not I'll have to reevaluate.
     
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    The swamp is calling your name! If you don't find the acorns, check in the water and edges. There is the hollow stem water weed that they love. They are destroying it here. You can walk right in the water and see it all browsed.

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    Thanks man. No acorns then I'll back off and skim the edge to see if I can find any
     
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    I was in a semi swamp this am..haha. Boom or bust. I got busted.

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    My scouting after my morning sit on Saturday scratched an area off the list that I will not be wasting my time in. The deer sign was pretty much nonexistent. But, I did come across this awesome oak. Easily the biggest tree I have seen anywhere in the south.
     

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    On my canoe/camp/hunt trip we mainly scouted. 17.4 miles in 4 days. I’ve never seen such good habitat with no buck sign. I figured it’d be old rubs galore. They just weren’t there
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    That is similar to what I experience where I hunt. I've read in a few places, that if there is a high doe to buck population, the mature bucks will not be aggressive with rubs and scrapes. I know there are giants where I hunt, (Trail cam pics to prove this) but the mature bucks will rarely leave rubs or scrapes unless you are right near their bedding area. Could this be true in the area you scouted?
     
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    I've been holding out on going to a spot that should be killer for the rut. See the picture below for more details.

    Blue lines are runs found.
    Black dot is stand location.

    The saddle is an intersection of a few trails, and there is a large year round scrape there.

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    When do bucks typically start cruising the military crest on hills for does? I know the morning with rising thermals and a west wind is prime. Do I hunt it in the afternoons as well? Should I start hunting it Halloween week or the first week of November?
     
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    Could be. I need to drop a cam out there
     

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