View Full Version : I am NOT a scout master!!
05-04-2013, 11:34 PM
I went out to the 15 acres to do some recon. I have decided that my little lease is a horrible place to hunt.
ROCKS AND CEDARS!!! Being sneaky is out of the question. Not even a NINJA can make it through this quietly.
And then you have this @#$! There is no tree stand, there is no pop up blind, there is no brush blind. I did find a better spot for my tripod and a decent tree with up close and personal shooting range. Too close probably.
Nothing is impossible just got to think out side the square, my grandfather before he past away used lamb skin covers for the sole of his boots for stalking deer less than ideal areas
05-05-2013, 01:59 PM
Actually, that looks like it could be a great bedding area, depending on what the grounds around it look like. Might very well pay off hunting the outside edges of that spot. Deer around here love laying up under cedars in cold/bad weather. Not to mention, easy to stay hidden from their noses. Grab a cedar branch, crumple the green ends, rub it all over your clothes, you smell just like everything else out there.
05-05-2013, 02:19 PM
Set up a discret no flash trail camera and you might be suprised. I did so last year in a little strip of woods much the same and had 8 shootable bucks come through in 1 week. Get in there and build youself a brush blind or two so you can play the wind. I am always amazed at the (little) places that hold deer. Unfourtunate for me they turned 300+ head of calltle loose and 1 week later looked like someplace they'd sprayed Agent Orange on.
05-05-2013, 08:04 PM
I concur with the other guys, that actually might be a better place to hunt than one that is easy walking around in. I don't think much is going to bother deer in there.
05-05-2013, 09:41 PM
There are several problems here. There is NO way to access any portion with out making noise, the rocks are on top of rocks. The trails are narrow. There is no flat ground. There are very few trees to get above the wind that swirls constantly. I did find one tree about 15' off the property line that I can hang a stand about 15' up the problem is getting there with out being heard. I am going to relocate a taller 3pod off of a main trail, I drew back 3 times last year but got busted each time, they were to close.
05-06-2013, 07:56 AM
The top pics looks like some area's I hunt in. Sometimes I have to take my boots off and sneak around in my Wool socks...Watching out for Cacti and Rattlers. :cool:
Some other hunters might be thinking the same as you and won't want to take the time to hunt that section. The only way to know is to put visual time in personally or with a trail camera. I only hunt from the ground So I'm already looking in your pics where I would make cutouts and natural ground blinds from the cut down branches and anything else laying on the ground. make sure you wear gloves when moving stuff or cutting branches. Put some trail cameras up and find out the movements times, whether they bed there or pass through. They will either come in to bed or leave early to feed. You need to be on one of those trails to close the door when needed. Play the wind and do your best with scent control. Happy hunting my friend!. You'll need to go in early as sneaky as possible before the sun shows.
05-06-2013, 08:17 AM
Do you have a map view (overhead) of the property? I'd bet that you could find some solid places to put up a stand or location to place a blind. Cedars are known to be prime rubbing trees in my area.
05-06-2013, 08:56 AM
15 acres????? Seems way small... I guess if you have a great surrounding population it would be good. In the state of ms, all land is leased to hunt, privately hunt, hunting club, or gov land which is still hunted. Drive down the interstate, see a clear cut, full of box stands from Memphis to Mccomb, 15 acres here wouldn't be worth ur time .... When u hunt here you are surrounded by other hunters on other properties and they aren't as conservative as you , especially if they are coonasses "louisianna folks " which we are infested with . I have so many stories. We should sit around a fire and share one day
05-06-2013, 03:50 PM
Wow! I'll hunt it for ya! Wear some old grey jeans and hoodie, pop a squat in a downfall a few yards off the main trail n wac 'em. No such thing as too close. I've shot 'em at 6ft before and have been with literal spitting distance of several others. Make some makeshift bootcovers out of and old blanket and keep your eyes peeled.
05-06-2013, 05:25 PM
Definitely not a place for spot n stalk, but if you get in early, find a spot to pop a squat, and stay put any noise you make getting in will be forgotten before too long and they'll be around. Heck, my grandpa used to set an old battery am radio in a clear cut and turn it up on talk radio or music or whatever he could tune in and then sit back on the fringe and wait.... they'd come to see what the noise is all about! ;)
05-06-2013, 08:45 PM
Just put two trail cameras up in a thick clump of Joshua's with some deer sign around it. It's been so dry here the deer are actually eating the tenderous parts of the Joshua, that makes my mouth hurt just thinking about it. If I get a good picture of that, I'll sure post it up. I've seen burros do it but never deer.<------------<<<
05-06-2013, 09:44 PM
DZ, my best place is 5 acres. 2, 3 year old bucks, 4 does, 1 spike In 2 years. The 15 acres has a lot of neighbors shooting during gun season. My best bet is off the beaten path. If I start soon, I can clear some of the rocks out of what ever trail I make to get to that tree. I don't want a broken ankle at 5 am. It is as if the Sphynx farted out there.
05-06-2013, 11:11 PM
Got a spot on our property almost identical...except for the rocks.
My treestand seat is less than 7 feet off the ground. Yep. I found where the deer moved, trails and watching deer come in and leave. Your case, a game camera might tell the story.
Anyway, I found a back ground that would help cover my movements and the stand has been up some 8 years. First time I hunted there I hadn't got my ladder stand up yet, just stood beside the tree I wanted it in. I was there maybe 20 minutes and out of no where there stood this small rack 8 pointer and facing me. I just eased to full draw and took him head on. Arrow went in just off center of his chest and blew clear through his liver. Took I don't know how many deer there. My wife took her 147 score buck out of the same stand. Said the buck was looking straight at her and she let him have it.
05-09-2013, 11:31 AM
Make you some fleece boot covers or use felt soled boots. You'd be surprised how well they work. Had the wife make some double thick fleece boot covers, things are real crunchy here in Nevada too.
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