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Old 06-16-2015, 04:47 PM   #1
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Are any of you guys starting( or fixing) to scout and get a line on some of the bucks your gonna hunt or are most of you waiting for cool weather? I have been hitting it pretty hard. I found that scouting on a day that's trying to storm, breezy and sprinkling on and off is pretty awesome. Let's hear from some of you hard core hunters. What have you been finding, any sheds, buck tracks, last years rubs and scrapes? I have seen several instances of bachelor groups going across the logging roads with a couple of serious contenders in the groups. A buddy found a complete set of sheds a couple of weeks ago, of a 14 inch 9 pointer. The big bucks I was hunting last year have made themselves scarce. I know some routes they rutted through last year, but where they came from or went is not obvious(big country). It's amazing how they come out of the woodwork during the rut, just to disappear afterwards. Their antlers will be filling out here shortly. We put a couple of cameras, so hopefully we will getting some pics soon.

Chime in Guy's and Gal's, with what's happening in your neck of the woods.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:00 PM   #2
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Been scouting some Public land...found a couple of spots of interest.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:06 PM   #3
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Cool Calvin, hope you get on a big buck.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:11 PM   #4
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All of the public land that I hunt is either under water or has been over the past month. The buck in my avatar was killed about a mile from the truck and made for a lot of work by myself to get him out. The year I killed him there were several shooters that I had got on trail cams but I haven't been back in that area since. Maybe I'll make it back down there this fall.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:17 PM   #5
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Its been a few years since I killed a good one. I saw one last season that I would like to get, but, I think someone beat me to it. Looking at some new places and feel very positive about it. Found a place that every bush and sapling in that small area was tore up and had several scrapes, lots of tracks. Probably gonna open up right there and spend a good portion of the rut there...only problem is, I only found 1 shed.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:52 PM   #6
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excessive water has prevented me from doing any scouting or shed hunting in the area I have hunted on public (draw) land.
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Old 06-16-2015, 11:55 PM   #7
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I'm planning to give Oklahoma public land a try this season. I haven't had a chance to get up there to scout yet.
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:47 PM   #8
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Starting to run the cameras again. Got a few bucks, but the cam was in video mode. Not sure of posting video on the tbh. But one buck was a ten point we have been getting, this being his 3rd year. He must be about 7 years old and has not changed a bit. Problem is that his tine length just isn't there. But that being said, if he makes a mistake this year he is going down!
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:57 PM   #9
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THERE ARE NO DEER ON ANY PUBLIC LANDS..So move along..
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:29 PM   #10
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THERE ARE NO DEER ON ANY PUBLIC LANDS..So move along..
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Old 06-30-2015, 01:49 PM   #11
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Haven't gotten out there yet... A lot o the COE land is still pretty wet so I'll wait til it dries out a lil more
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:09 PM   #12
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Been out a few times up here and got a cam up a couple of weeks ago, I'll be back out Friday morning to check it and probably move it to another spot that the wind tends to favor in late September
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:28 AM   #13
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I am moving my cams around the edges of the clearcuts, old logging roads, and creek crossings. Slowly go through the various hunting spots I know and a few new areas. Hope to have a shooters lined out(theoretically) in a couple of months. Good luck everyone.

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Old 07-05-2015, 07:48 PM   #14
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Got a medium 8 point on the clear cut cam, I am thinking about 14 inch spread. Also got a 12 inch basket 6 and a young buck looking to be a yearling 4 point. I think I will let the cam set there for another week, hoping a bigger buck will walk the edge of the clear cut, but I think I got the main players in that spot. The rest of the cams got does and one struck out totally.
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Old 07-05-2015, 07:52 PM   #15
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Been under water. Not much for me to scout, they'll run the big sloughs.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:16 PM   #16
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I feel for you Smith. Lake Sam Rayburn is totally out of it's banks, like I have never seen!. Hope things get better for you.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:24 PM   #17
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It's a good problem for us to have bc we're on the first ridge out of the river bottom and that's where the water stops. I rarely hunt that place though, just been letting the buck population build over the past 5 years.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:28 PM   #18
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buckmaster, my hat is off to you sir. You definitely put in the time in the off season. I know thats what it takes to get a chance at a decent buck. Guess i am getting to lazy as I grow older, tromping around through the thick woods on a hot July day is not something I really look forward to anymore! Posion oak, ivy, ticks, skeeters, chiggers and snakes! Guess i am not as mad at them whitetails as I used to be! Good luck to you sir, if anyone deserves it you do!
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:55 PM   #19
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Thanks Marshman, but the truth is I am just being irresponsible. lol
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:39 PM   #20
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cyber scouting yes as I prefer to keep human intrusion to a minimum....but excess water is a good and bad thing.....bottoms are flooded , lakes are full and deer are no longer using the lake beds to travel but a lot of growth taking place as well....don't usually run camera's for fear they'd disappear....lol
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:51 PM   #21
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cyber scouting yes as I prefer to keep human intrusion to a minimum....but excess water is a good and bad thing.....bottoms are flooded , lakes are full and deer are no longer using the lake beds to travel but a lot of growth taking place as well....don't usually run camera's for fear they'd disappear....lol
HR3, I know what you mean. I have lost count of the cameras I have lost to thieves in the past 5-6 years. Lucky there are some decent inexpensive cameras to keep me going. I am starting to be a little careful on where I put them. I did get careless last year when I spotted an absolute giant of a track crossing the main county road. Put the camera out and lost it immediately.

But I do the cyber scouting also, to help narrow things down. It helps me be efficient and get to what seems to be the better spots quicker, though they are not always as good as it would appear on computer.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:01 PM   #22
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Ready to see what this lil fella does.



Wrong date



And this one

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Old 07-26-2015, 06:40 PM   #23
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Real nice bucks there d_e_smith. Definitely something to be looking forward to. That first pic is awesome,. Just got to love a buck at a licking branch.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:03 PM   #24
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For just a 3yo, he looked pretty nice. I wish he'd find a rock to hide under and reappear for the 2018-2019 season.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:07 PM   #25
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probably gonna go this week and prep some trails
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:57 PM   #26
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Still looking for a big boy to hunt. I have got one ten point, and a couple of nice 8 pointers, but the rest have been youngsters and a couple of outright culls.

These probably could grow another year or two
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:18 PM   #27
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Where I am, I don't hunt the bucks in their living room. I find the does and let the bucks come to me. They can become ghosts when people hit the woods.
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:26 PM   #28
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I'd like to try public land hunting sometime.
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