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What stands out

Jayo

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What stands out in this section of a property? Access is from the west, which is a County Rd. The black line going across is an access road. The north waypoint is a real good rub line. The south waypoint is a beaten down deer trail. If you were to approach this property in the rut what stands out based on just e-scouting? The two fields are just tilled for planting pine trees. The "X" on the north end is too thick to get into. I hunted by the north waypoint once, last week, and didn't see anything. Won't have a chance to walk it again until first week in Nov when I'll be back there hunting it.
 

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Exhumis

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So here’s my thoughts.
ive circled funnels and choke points. Those are always good. It looks like there’s a pond there. During rut bucks need water from all the chasing so find a pond or creek, a water source. The area that’s too thick to get into? That’s where the bucks are. Forest edges are good staging areas so try and find one that’s close to a funnel, choke point, creek etc. check elevation changes and look for high points where deer can hear and smell well and check for low points where scent collects.
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Jayo

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So here’s my thoughts.
ive circled funnels and choke points. Those are always good. It looks like there’s a pond there. During rut bucks need water from all the chasing so find a pond or creek, a water source. The area that’s too thick to get into? That’s where the bucks are. Forest edges are good staging areas so try and find one that’s close to a funnel, choke point, creek etc. check elevation changes and look for high points where deer can hear and smell well and check for low points where scent collects.
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What stands out to you on the NE side? The lake?
 

Exhumis

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The red lines I drew are good funnels. Look at it again on onX and use the map tools->line distance to figure out how far across they are. Look to be hundred yards or so. If you can get there to scout bet you find a trail in one of those two areas. Deer are lazy just like us and will take the path of least resistance, but. They also want cover and easy exit routes. Those funnels give them cover and easy access to fields. Take another look at the elevation changes, if they’re benches those are money, deer use them for travel corridors. Also look for bedding areas that are south facing. Deer like those so they can get early morning sun to warm up and also last light of the day. That access road may not be a bad idea either
 

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This makes me think of the "wisdom of crowds" idea.

Imagine a service where you post an aerial photo and have hundreds or maybe thousands of hunters mark their best bet for a blind hunt.

The system averages out the locations ignoring some outliers. I wonder if the resulting "hot spot" would prove accurate with deer sign and/or actual opportunities.

Call it "crowd-scouting".
 

Jayo

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The red lines I drew are good funnels. Look at it again on onX and use the map tools->line distance to figure out how far across they are. Look to be hundred yards or so. If you can get there to scout bet you find a trail in one of those two areas. Deer are lazy just like us and will take the path of least resistance, but. They also want cover and easy exit routes. Those funnels give them cover and easy access to fields. Take another look at the elevation changes, if they’re benches those are money, deer use them for travel corridors. Also look for bedding areas that are south facing. Deer like those so they can get early morning sun to warm up and also last light of the day. That access road may not be a bad idea either
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I'm not seeing the red lines. Thanks for the information though!
 
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