Well yesterday was the first time I had ever stepped foot on this property. The owners have only allowed gun hunting…so bowhunting is going to be extremely fun. I was only able to scout 50% of 100 acres yesterday . The point I’m going to make here is mapping out topography changes and actual sign is the only way to prepare a plan to harvest a buck. The property edges are so steep but using HuntStand and the 3D image tool before coming gave me a great head start to where I wanted to start my scouting. I marked every crossing, buck rub, transition zones, pinch points…etc I came into contact with. I have a lot of foot work yet but here’s a snap shot of yesterdays scouting and potential hot spots for presets. Also keep in mind you can’t just trust a satellite image you need to search and investigate a property to understand how the deer move thru it. Case in point, the north east corner of pines I couldn’t even walk into it since it was extremely thick with low branches. Again deer trails went into it, so it’s a great thermal cover but great Un-disturbed security cover. I suspect the perimeter edge of only gun hunting will help us tremendously as the deer haven’t been hunted in the interior of this property. So far I’ve place one camera over a scrape and one on the SW corner of the pine ridge transition. There’s a very narrow saddle there that produces a really good travel corridor for the deer to travel in and out of that security cover. I’m going to predict this location will produce our largest buck harvest…so let’s see what happensGets my heart pumping just reading about it!
I know you’re busy, but if you have the time could you explain how you’re going about picking your hunting locations for this buck?
Are you hunting scrapes? Exit trails? Pinch points?
thanks in advance!