Ok guys here is a new spot I hunted for the first time last weekend. I have not done any leg work here, went in cold on Sat afternoon and found a good place to set up. Saw 4 deer total, one doe within range that did not offer a shot, and the others no closer than 80-100 yards. The ariel shows with the blue circle where I set up on Saturday. The green dot are where I saw deer, the green line is where they came from, purple line where they went. The red circle is what I think should be a good spot, but I need to hike in to check it out.
The area seems to be grown up crop fields. The division lines on the map are (from what I have seen so far) stone rows. There are not many old growth trees around, and a lot of browse because of the early stage of succesion.
Any terrain features you can take advantage of there? Such as a saddle or low spots in the grown up fields that will funnel the deer? I find the bigger bucks use terrain as cover in some situations. If there is a low area, they use it to stay out of sight. Seems like the deer are all headed to something in the direction of the purple lines. Might be a food source over there, other than the browse you are finding everywhere else.
Also, I would check along the stone rows for crossings. I find that if stone walls are wide enough, the deer find the easiest spots to cross them. Look for low spots, or narrow spots, where you will probably find heavy deer trails. Use the rock walls to your advantage!
Sounds like a great place for some ground-blinds.....Your best bet might be to still-hunt the area till you learn it.
The spot I set up on was the second stone row crossing. The first was too close to the road. The area to the north with the thick cedars is up on a ridge that runs to at least the end of those trees. there is a sharp drop, a stone row, where I was hunting, then a gradual slope to the south.
Let's get together and still hunt / scout this area? It is public land, and may be overrun in the next couple weeks, but nothing stoping us from learning it. It seemed like a nice piece, and no sign of other hunters, but I am sure they are there.
All good advice. I agree with Yoda on a stand in that spot he circled. I would add another location in the southwest portion of that thicker timber. Matt also has a good point about using the terrain layout to ambush the deer on the ground. A tree stand is not always the best choice in terrain like this.
I marked in White where I would put up stands.. Going by your info they would walk right by all my stand sites. Also you say the deer where walking to the SouthEast, so the far SouthEast stand should be the money maker.
What time did you go past my house? Must have been early. Yes, Accutech garage is in front along the highway.
Should have seen my truck and my wifes CRV?
The area to the North is the top of the ridge, I set up on the bottom, across the stone row, but yes I agree. I also agree that to the South / South East is where the deer were going, I would have headed in that direction that night, but there was another truck about 1/2 mile or so down the road to the south and did not want to get too close.
Dan, I would set up NW of that lonely green dot, were the square patch of cedars and the long patch of cedars running SE. Just E of the that road is a good bottle neck between two patches of heavy cover. A mature buck will be using this corridor to check on does and to move to bedding and feeding. The wind should be predominately out of the west in your area. There is also a small clearing inside the cedars and do W of the green dot that looks real good, it seems you are able to look inside that bottle neck inside and W looking towards the road and you have a clear view of anything using the edge running SE towards that yellow arrow. Good Luck
I also hunt near a very bussy road. It does not bother the deer's. Were I'm at I get a lot of action from the houses across the street. They like to bed down in the thick stuff behind the houses and then cross in the afternoon into our property. That bottle neck sure looks very inviting to me. Good Luck