View Full Version : Anybody thinking of doing different this year!

Hutch~n~Son Archery
02-03-2013, 03:15 PM
Anybody thinking of doing different this year! I have come up short too many times where I hunt. I truly think I am going to research and change areas. Too much pressure in this area is what I think. Kinda mixed emotions since in the last 2 years a 10 pointer and 9 pointer and many 4 and 6 pointers have come out of here.
What would you guys do!


02-03-2013, 08:06 PM
We are blessed with having our 15 acres and the farmer's next door 250 acres to hunt. But I find myself looking at the mountains of NC and public land that is cut off by some land that "family" owns. They let me walk across their property to hunt in the public land. Its steep terrain but the saddles on top of the mountains are a gold mine. I am thinking about doing a week up there next year. I was up there the last day of the season with my son and found a trail on the top of the mountain that was worn down to the dirt. Tracks everywhere. It would be a place you could only hunt afternoons. Its an hour hump up the mountain and it is steep. From where we park to the saddle is a 1,500 feet vertical increase in about 1/2 mile. It is serious work getting up there but the pay off could be worth it. I just need to hang a camera and see what showed up. The down side is the bears. I don't want to have my camera turned into a chew toy!!!

Last year I hunted public land that wasn't restricted by private land and it was a ZOO! I will never do that again.

02-03-2013, 09:33 PM
There is always something to be learned from each season. My biggest lesson came on my last sit ... DO NOT let your emotions take over. I got caught off guard and let my excitement take over and ended up busting myself with a very nice mature doe within 30 yards. Have to remain cool, calm and collected at all times.

Next season, I need to work on my standing/sitting habits. I've found that I can be a little restless in the stand, part of that has to do with my back and my knees being not so nice for my age - so I'll be looking on ways to improve my physical condition to make the longer sits more comfortable.

My mobile set up is going to be different next year. With the wife picking up on the hints and getting me a new treestand for xmas - I'll have that tuned up and ready to go for run/guns. Didn't utilize my climber much this year, but there are times when looking back at the season it could have paid off looking for a few different spots along some of the hot trails that didn't have stands within range.

I'll come up with more things as the off season progresses

02-03-2013, 09:37 PM
I'm not changing my hunting habits but will start self filming come October.

02-04-2013, 09:18 AM
insted of just setting up camp on going on day to day hunts and heading back to camp my hunting buddy and i are going to spend 3-5 days tracking down the elk make camp when light falls and start off at the same spot.it will save a lot of walking.

02-04-2013, 04:20 PM
I am seriously thinking about killing something this year. Last year I was skunked, except for the bobcat I lucked into. No turkey, no deer. Going to have to stop relying on old stands, and do ALOT more scouting this year. I plan on pulling all my old stands, and start from scratch this year as far as locations. Nothing was using the old tried and true trails, so it's time to find out where they were moving.

02-05-2013, 10:13 AM
Thought I would post a google earth pic of where I am thinking about hunting next year. A picture is worth a thousand words.

bob cooly
02-05-2013, 08:43 PM
I have to deal with migratory (wandering) mule deer. Places that have deer one week wil be vacant the next, cattle, lack of water, ticks, etc. Too old to hunt the ridges anymore so I have to rely on what my trail camers tell me. I usually start scouting for real in late may which gives me 3 months to try and find a place to hunt, it usually depends on a known water source. My best bet is to find a batch of bucks hanging to.gether that I can kinda, sorta, pattern. Tree stands are out anymore so I will be hunting out of a ground blind. My new Bengal should be great in or out of the blind. I do have a like new summit climber, but 10' is about my limit anymore, which is really funny for a guy that spent 30+ years working way above terra firma.

02-06-2013, 12:08 PM
Nop! were I hunt, don't see another hunter, eles he lost, have had that a few times.

Hutch~n~Son Archery
02-06-2013, 01:31 PM
Nop! were I hunt, don't see another hunter, eles he lost, have had that a few times.

Now that's funny! I'm visiting!!


02-07-2013, 09:00 AM
I wont be changing my areas, but I am going to hold out for a larger buck this year. I have vacation starting Nov. 11 should be prime time for the bucks. I do hope to get opportunities for a doe for the freezer. I still have trail cams and feeders out, gotta keep them healthy.

Lung Buster
02-07-2013, 09:18 AM
It is steady as she goes for me I was very fortunate this year and was able to harvest 4 whitetails this year I made some changes before this last season and am very pleased I did!

Sonny Thomas
02-07-2013, 09:53 AM
31 acre home site. Once I sell it I'll probably quit hunting. One, I'm not paying to hunt. Two, I too lazy to get up early to drive somewhere. Spoiled maybe ;) Here, at home, I get up, eat something with 2 or 3 cups of coffee, put on my hunting cloths and walk between 200 and 350 yards to which ever of the 5 deer stands I have up. I like to get to my stand just as the pink rose color of morning shows. If by 8:30 am and nothing I'm heading for the house. In the afternoons, 3:30 pm in the stand is good and I'll stay til dusk. I re-started bow hunting in year 2000, I believe and just this year numbers, 33, 34 and 35 went in the deep freezer.

Our property is more of a crossing area, sometimes feeding area (depending on what we have in our fields), and we have some bedding areas. Some luck makes things happen and we've been skunked a couple of times. Now, being skunked is nothing to be ashamed of, but them suckers also have the mean streak of eating in our yard and around my bench rest on my target range, even bedded down behind my target wall. Yeah, a big 10 pointer. Never got up until the 2nd shot and then just looked around like; "what's going on?" Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

I mostly time deer and then check for deer paths and changes. No hunting cams up. Quick tour of the property on my ATV is enough to give me what I want.
Deer? We got them. Several times this year I watched as many as 32 deer in the field next to ours. 10 were bucks of differing size and color. And there was is one stand out 8 point buck. He's body was more of a blue roan, black socks, black outlines and a black strip down his back right out to the tip of his tail. A few years back I saw a doe of this color. She came and went at my deer stand as she pleased as she was just to pretty to shoot.

02-07-2013, 11:38 AM
Gonna be a weekend warrior for whitetail this year due to my using all of my vacation for Idaho.

02-07-2013, 12:42 PM
insted of just setting up camp on going on day to day hunts and heading back to camp my hunting buddy and i are going to spend 3-5 days tracking down the elk make camp when light falls and start off at the same spot.it will save a lot of walking.

this plan is canceled.last year i got back a bit over 3k in taxes.bought a house and all was good.just filed taxes and now i owe.i though buying a house helped at the end of the year.:mad:

Mike G
02-07-2013, 01:38 PM
Well... instead of just whitetail hunting I'll be hunting black bear. I think that'll be enough of a change for me for one year!!