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Scouting new land #3220731
09/16/20 11:50 AM
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Dale County, AL
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What are your "go to's" for finding good places to hunt on a new property? I'm going to be hunting a large piece of property this year and I'm not sure where to start. I know to try and find deer sign, but what particular areas would ya'll look for and around?


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3220733
09/16/20 11:51 AM
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I start with the most recent aerial I can find and look for transition areas.


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: Out back] #3220743
09/16/20 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Out back
I start with the most recent aerial I can find and look for transition areas.

This. Always start with aerial photos and took maps. This will locate areas to scout on the ground.


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3220809
09/16/20 01:12 PM
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Let me add, scouting really starts the after hunting season.


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3220823
09/16/20 01:26 PM
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In hills and mountains I'll study a topo before I set foot on it. Aerials never helped me much.



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Re: Scouting new land [Re: 2Dogs] #3220845
09/16/20 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by 2Dogs
In hills and mountains I'll study a topo before I set foot on it. Aerials never helped me much.

Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3220847
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I always search for the edge or transition areas where something changes in the landscape. Where pines meet hardwood or an old CRP or old fence row. If it's pre rut I look for old logging roads where bucks love to make scrapes.


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3220852
09/16/20 02:02 PM
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And once u find your spots and develop - stay out until hunt season as much as possible - when I feed I usually try to between 11 and 1 or not prime time hunt times

My deer are always very relaxed acting opening weekend and that is my most consistent time to see a shooter


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3220862
09/16/20 02:13 PM
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Aerial's are also a great way to identify funnels.


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: General] #3220887
09/16/20 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by General
Aerial's are also a great way to identify funnels.

Yes, cyber scouting is the new term these days. That is the quickest way to find places you want to walk and scout.


D Fine
Re: Scouting new land [Re: 2Dogs] #3220907
09/16/20 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by 2Dogs
In hills and mountains I'll study a topo before I set foot on it. Aerials never helped me much.
In the flatlands its like dynamite.....


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3220913
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1st and most important find a stump. Then pour Clorox on stump and hang camera. Deer will flock to stump and walk around like crack addicts. Next PM whild bill to help you build and maintain a deer sanctuary.... kidding aside look at aerials and topo maps for estimates. Then and most important put boots on and go scout. If it's a large tract then do small sections at a time. Absolutley nothing matches actually seeing it with your own eyes and taking notes. Take a compass

Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3220926
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I find big rock...bigggggg rock...i look at rock...poke rock with stick.....mmmmmm....good rock.....put corns on rock...i wait by rock...kill big deers


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: 2Dogs] #3220945
09/16/20 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by 2Dogs
In hills and mountains I'll study a topo before I set foot on it. Aerials never helped me much.

what, specifically, are you looking for on topos for hill/mountain areas?


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3220977
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EDGE. Deer are creatures of the edge/transition areas. Scout them with cameras, decide where to setup based on sun rise/set and predominate wind.


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: GomerPyle] #3221000
09/16/20 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by GomerPyle
Originally Posted by 2Dogs
In hills and mountains I'll study a topo before I set foot on it. Aerials never helped me much.

what, specifically, are you looking for on topos for hill/mountain areas?


Structure, that being points, knobs, hog back ridges , saddles, anything that might be a pinch point. I'll then put boots on the ground , locating food, trails, possible bedding areas. edges and specific pinch points. Edges and pinch points are where you kill em.



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Re: Scouting new land [Re: 2Dogs] #3221013
09/16/20 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by 2Dogs
Originally Posted by GomerPyle
Originally Posted by 2Dogs
In hills and mountains I'll study a topo before I set foot on it. Aerials never helped me much.

what, specifically, are you looking for on topos for hill/mountain areas?


Structure, that being points, knobs, hog back ridges , saddles, anything that might be a pinch point. I'll then put boots on the ground , locating food, trails, possible bedding areas. edges and specific pinch points. Edges and pinch points are where you kill em.


One big thing is looking at the adjacent topographical features and how they "flow into" the specific ridge you may be hunting. I like to look for saddles between two major ridge/point junctions that may have a bench below. Especially if the bench has some breaks just below the saddle which is actually a fairly common landform (due to water erosion) and 8f some adjacent ridges have points or hog backs that flow into that saddle break. If I see those things I'll definitely check it out on foot.

Obviously food and vegetative cover are super important, but if I'm hunting a homogeneous landscape the saddle is my first spot to check out.

Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3221338
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I guest hunt on a lot of properties I’ve never set foot on. I key in on food sources. But I don’t usually hunt in the actual food sourse then I will look at that food sourse and locate the trails leading to and fro cover and bedding. You can kill deer on the. Food sourse but if your looking for mature bucks you need t hunt closer to the beds. I like to walk creek beds and wet weather creeks to scout. It’s just my system and we just know what works for us. And I usually find a way to get an arrow in one if I want it. Once you find em then you got to get a plan to center pinch


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: 2Dogs] #3221339
09/16/20 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by 2Dogs
In hills and mountains I'll study a topo before I set foot on it. Aerials never helped me much.



This. I can look at a topo and tell you exactly what areas I want to look into well before I ever actually look into them. Only time I really use aerials are if I want to see what or where something like a cedar thicket or etc is.

Locating saddles, points, ridges etc and then finding edges and pinch points are alot of what I like.


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Re: Scouting new land [Re: DGAMBLER] #3221530
09/17/20 09:30 AM
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Thanks for the input guys, but it looks like I may need to wait a week or so and let things dry out before I go riding around on unfamiliar territory.


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