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Exhumis

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Ok folks,
I've hunted this parcel for three years now without success. Have seen deer but haven't been able to seal the deal. This is a very difficult parcel to hunt as it's a farm with goats, cattle and horses roaming freely. The deer don't mind the horses or goats but hate the cattle. I've highlighted the creeks with blue. There is a slight elevation that i've circled in red. The area in the middle is essentially a field. There are oaks, hickory, walnut and pine scattered throughout the property. The prevailing wind comes from the north but here's the kicker: between the elevated points and the creeks are lowlands which cause vortexes. I let go of milkweed and literally watched it swirl in place for an hour. The deer USUALLY move from the west to the east and vice versa, usually between the two elevated points but it's not always the case due to livestock.
Sooo, help me plan my next sits. What approach would ya'll take to this property?
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MattMan81

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I'm not a map expert. But this is such a small piece of the puzzle.. where are they bedding? Where is your access? Where are the roads?
Do they bed in that middle area? Bed else where and come in to feed? How many acres is this? Have you run some cameras around the edge? I would suggest maybe a few evening or morning monitor sits to try and pattern a few things. Also I heard someone mention they start a fire from areas they hunt and see how the wind blows. So unless your going all Elberhart you gotta figure out how to get in there with out blowing your scent over the hunting areas or being seen. Or stick to the edges at the beginning of the season and see where they are going and move in when it's right. Also how is the hunting pressure around it? Are there other people hunting and pushing them around?
Like I said.. I'm not great at reading maps and figuring out where the deer should be. But those are the questions I would be asking my self. Do they have a reason to be there? When are they there? And how can i slip in there with out them knowing..
 

Exhumis

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I'm not a map expert. But this is such a small piece of the puzzle.. where are they bedding? Where is your access? Where are the roads?
Do they bed in that middle area? Bed else where and come in to feed? How many acres is this? Have you run some cameras around the edge? I would suggest maybe a few evening or morning monitor sits to try and pattern a few things. Also I heard someone mention they start a fire from areas they hunt and see how the wind blows. So unless your going all Elberhart you gotta figure out how to get in there with out blowing your scent over the hunting areas or being seen. Or stick to the edges at the beginning of the season and see where they are going and move in when it's right. Also how is the hunting pressure around it? Are there other people hunting and pushing them around?
Like I said.. I'm not great at reading maps and figuring out where the deer should be. But those are the questions I would be asking my self. Do they have a reason to be there? When are they there? And how can i slip in there with out them knowing..
So they bed right smack between the red circles, WHEN they bed on the property. Most times they are crossing the property from west to east. My access is from either the northeastern corner or about 3/4 down on the southern side where the rancher lives. Road runs along the entire eastern edge of the property. There is a Boy Scout retreat across that road. The parcel is 105 acres in size, 400yrds across and .63 miles long. The deer bed either on the retreat or off the property to the west following where the creek enters the property in a large wooded area, I attached a pic circled in red. They mostly just enter the property to cross back and forth and occasionally steal some hay or other agricultural goodies the rancher feeds his livestock but they don’t stick to the property. I have run cameras on this thing till I was blue in the face. Most of the traffic is in the middle of the property with occasional loners along the fence line. I have done morning and evening sits and a couple all day sits. This is definitely an evening property, I haven’t seen much traffic in the morning. Hunting pressure is non existent, I’m the only guy that hunts it. The rancher is often all over the property tho like you’d expect but he mostly sticks to the middle eastern side of the property as his barn is located there and he puts the feed and hay out there.
I appreciate your questioning tho, sometimes you get stuck in a rut and can’t see the forest for the trees, got me re thinking a couple things. I usually park in the northeastern corner and walk in and set up but I think I might try a southern approach this year, there is a railroad that runs along the southern border and I can park and hop the fence there and cruise up that way. The deer are pretty tolerant due to the ranchers presence but I’m not trying to educate them any further. Thanks! A66E550B-8841-4399-BB52-8841890C0164.jpeg
 
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