Saturday, March 28, 2020
DS20 Part 9: Along the Highway
Scouted a small part of a large chunk of land yesterday after work. Its roughly 2000 acres, so still a lot of ground to cover before I feel like I know it. I'd really love to post some topo and satellite maps of it here but I'm just too paranoid. But let me tell you why I'm excited about it. 1, censored. 2, it has some amazing topography and habitat types. 3, one side borders a heavily trafficed road.
I love places that border major roads. People ignore them, and deer get pushed into them for that reason.
I got about a mile and a half in and really hadn't seen much good sign other than a large'ish buck track in a saddle, and then I climbed to the top of a long ridge that pointed out into a cedar swamp. As I got to the top and stopped, a turkey gobbled. First one I've heard this spring. I sat there and he gobbled again few minutes later. I tried mouth calling him in and he went silent.
I saw a nice pile of buck poop. Got on the west side and started seeing sign. FINALLY! I followed a runway that spiraled along the side then down the point into the swamp. No large tracks, looked like a doe runway, but it took me to an area that looked like deer and even elk were spending a lot of time this winter. Felt like bedding cover but no visible beds. I got down into the swamp and found a massive old rub, there were even some time marks from 2019. Because of the size of the tree, I was thinking this might be an old signpost rub, but still not certain.
This had me really excited to keep exploring but I was losing light fast because of the hills and hiked out. Definitely going to be back to learn more and explore other corners of the property, especially the area that border the highway.
Money Spent on New Gear: $443.20
Miles driven for Scouting or Hunting: 411
Hours Cyberscouting: 8.5
Miles Scouted: 29.5
Arrows Flung in Practice: 141
Deer Seen on Stand in Range: 0
Deer Drawn On: 0
Deer Missed: 0
Scouted a hill country spot yesterday. I’ve never physically been to this section of land though I’ve driven past the area a million times...