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    Hunting in a new burn?

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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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
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    There is a critter in the first pic
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    Burn with new growth coming back.





    Nice buck right next to burn.

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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

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