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jay
08-15-2013, 03:41 PM
Hey guys, wanted to get some stories or input on your experiences hunting these areas for mulies. My question is how soon do the animals move back into these areas after the fire? The area I hunt every year for deer burned in spots, not completely. Its been close to 2 months that it burned and we got hit with a great rain season so I'm assuming there will be some fresh green grass that I know these animals will love if it didn't burn too hot that is. Should I try these burned areas and just watch for flash flooding, downed trees, loose terrain, etc. or not waste my time with it and hunt other areas. The other thing is that this area is still closed due to the mentioned issues but is said to be opening quickly as I haven't been able to scout for myself, just curious what you all have experienced.

Old Hunter
08-15-2013, 04:57 PM
Animals will be back as soon as there's new growth. They love it. I hate it. You get black crap all over you. Especially, if you kill an animal in the burned area.

Bitterroot Bulls
08-15-2013, 04:59 PM
They will be there. I have seen elk lick the ash.

Especially if it is a "mosaic" burn, and there is still green cover nearby.

Colorado Cowboy
08-15-2013, 05:40 PM
I have killed a couple of deer in newly burned areas (3 to 6 mos previous). Both bucks were shot in the early morning just after daylight. As previously mentioned, they really like the new growth. Both of them were hanging right at the edge of the burn. One was a pretty nice 4x4 that I spooked into the heavy cover at the burn edge when I saw him the first time. Came back 2 days later and he was back and I popped him. Most of the deer stayed near the edges and could get to cover fast.

Didn't mention where I killed both deer, was in the coastal range of Central California. Not many tree, just lots of thick brush.

Ikeepitcold
08-15-2013, 06:48 PM
I LOVE hunting burns! I've taken so many great deer and have seen many more. The new fresh growth from burns really attract the wild life. Besides the black crud that is every where that has been the only negative I've experianced. Look for springs that the deer will water at. If the rain has been good the growth can be very short and the deer will be there. Watch around the burned areas and where the burn stops. A lot of time the deer will be in the timber then feed out to the burns.

Ikeepitcold
08-15-2013, 07:00 PM
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This is what the burn looks like where we hunt. It's a 5 year old burn but has been producing great deer since the first year I the burn

Ikeepitcold
08-15-2013, 07:01 PM
There is a critter in the first pic

Old Hunter
08-15-2013, 09:04 PM
Burn with new growth coming back.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0589.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Jamnut/media/IMG_0589.jpg.html)



Nice buck right next to burn.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v76/Jamnut/IMG_0587.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Jamnut/media/IMG_0587.jpg.html)

Tag stew
08-16-2013, 12:11 AM
Rose Mountain?
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This is what the burn looks like where we hunt. It's a 5 year old burn but has been producing great deer since the first year I the burn

Ikeepitcold
08-16-2013, 12:14 AM
Nope I'm not tellin :-)

tttoadman
08-16-2013, 12:52 AM
nice lizard though. I thought it was going to something big out in the grass.

Ikeepitcold
08-16-2013, 01:01 AM
nice lizard though. I thought it was going to something big out in the grass.

Hahhahha thanks. You would be surprised how many people did find it.

AT Hiker
08-16-2013, 07:54 AM
Here in the south a new burn is just like a food plot, but out west I found out its very different. One thing I have noticed is if their is cactus in the burn, the deer seem to be in there feeding on it (these are burns that are very recent, lie the same year recent).

The thing that is hard for me is determining how old the burn is if I have never been there before. With the arid climate out West, it takes forever for a burn to recover it seems, but you look hard enough and you will see new life steaming out of the ground.

I hunted the Black Hills NF, SD last Spring for turkey. That burn they had in 2000 (Jasper Fire) was devastating and erradicated the area of turkey, but the deer and elk that moved in is crazy. I was nothing to see over 200 whitetail in one day, backpacking and not riding the roads.

25contender
08-16-2013, 08:17 AM
We have three year rotating controlled burns here. The animals love it. Like everyone says when the new growth starts to come up they are all in the burned areas.