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It's Nov. 8th, the rut is in full swing,temp is in the mid 30's,light wind out of the north.How would you hunt this land?

RED-property line,YELLOW-is an old clearcut the new growth is 8yrs old,GREEN-clover food plots (we don't hunt the south plot by the pond),BLACK-apple orchard,BLUE-stream,Fields on the west line are hay fields.
 

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How tall is the clear cut at 8 years? I like the thinner patch of woods between the yards to the south and the clear cut to the north. The deer coming from the NW areas will use that strip instead of going out into the open. It's a good ambush spot! I would have to see the land to make a real decision but I like that strip from the pic.
 

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I would stay in or around those food plots. With the rut in full swing, the bucks are going to be less wary of humans and stay in the fields longer (past day break) looking for does.

I like Jersey Jims idea of hunting the small strip of woods but I would probably use that spot later in the season after the rut.
 

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1) I would do a afternoon hunt between the big food plot in the southeast corner and the stream. that is just going by the pic.

2)The sundaro food plot to the west of the big one looks good, but my stand would be closer to the stream.

3)if the bedding is in the upper northwest corner I would try to be in the center of the east side line and the stream and north line and the south line. all day hunt.

Now I would like to scout the area first, If I'm from out of state 1 or 2 days before my hunt. If I can get there anytime I would look for the best signs all around, but more so where I said. If I could put out some trail cams in the 3 areas I've picked, that would be the way to go.
 

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1.)I like the 2 inside corners 1 south of the clear cut and the other to the west, right on the property lines. There should be trails just inside the woods following the perimeter.

2.) I think a stand should be located somewhere between the little round food plot in the SE. and the clear cut to the NW. of it. But like others have said I'd have to walk the property.
 

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BTW my answer was for bow hunting. after I really looked at the pic I saw the whole place is good to hunt. The open field would be great with Rifle, shotgun, and smokepole. ( all 3 out side NJ ) I also forgot about the apples. Got to lov them apples, I would setup about 20 to 30 yards inside the treeline from them. and 10 to 20 yards in the trees around the other locations I picked. Also in the clear cut if there is some nice cover about 5 foot high or so a nice ground blind might work well too. I would also walk the cut with a dragline with tinks #69 or CodeBlue Doe-in-heat. I would be setup in all areas on the Southside, But the apples on the Northside. I can see this property is in New York and if there is hills near me I would like to be on the westside of them, why? they would have more light... (Sun sets in the West).
 

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Mystic, he said it was nov 8th. I believe all the apples would have dropped by then.

By the way How can you tell the property is in NY.? or did I miss something?
 

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Here is a little more info on the place..The land is in NY, southern zone, The clear cut being 8yrs old is very very thick hard to tell from the photo. The deer do bed and feel real comfey in the clear cuts. The apple trees usally still hold apples till mid Nov. I'll post where I hang my stands and where we have killed deer in the past later on
 

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By the way How can you tell the property is in NY.? or did I miss something?
put your cursor on the pic, and you will would see nyprop.jpg and with the apples and it being Nov the deer would still go there thinking that apples would still be droping. I have seen deer goto apple trees in Jan looking for food.
 

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Jerseyjim - thats a good spot I kiiled a buck there this past year. The bucks like to travel along the edge of the clear cut, scent checking it for hot does bedded in it.
FJ40-The food plots are hot as well. The plots that run North / South a surrounded by thick cover so the deer feel real comfey in them great spot to sit all day.
Mystic-The Orchard is hot as well, most of the deer from the northeast side of the property end up there and stage before going out into the fields.
Jerseyhunter-The inside corners are good also,infact the only mast crop on the property is just off of the field edge and the deer like to hang out there till dark before they head into the field.
I think you all would of filled your tags.[up]
 

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Red - stands
Yellow - bucks killed in 2004
Purple - bucks killed in 2003

Section A & C
The deer bed in the clear cut and travel north to south, out to the fields. They will stage just off the fields and feed on the acorns. Also the bucks will travel the edge of the clearcut and scent check the bedding area for hot does. Every year there is always lots of rubs and scrapes on the clear cut edge. I killed a buck there this past year doing just that.

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A great spot is between the 2 clearcuts. The bucks will work east and west between the 2 bedding areas. I killed one there in 03 doing just that. Also the longer food plot that runs N / S is great since it is so close to the bedding area. Deer will visit it all day long. My buddie killed 2 there 03 & 04.
The apple Orchard is another great spot it seems that the deer from the Northeast side of the property end up there, before heading to the large food plot and out into the bigger fields.
There is also a long finger that sticks out from the far southeast corner of the property. The deer use that finger all the way out, and cross the road.
You guys had great stand placement just going off of the photo. I would hunt with any of you guys..:)
 

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Well I'm always a few days late. If I only had one stand to place, I would have went for the circular food plot that what an old tote road/trail was leading to. Easy in and out without disturbing the area and able to see the whole plot from where the path enters. Seems like a buck was takn near there in '03.
 
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