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    What to look for when E-scouting?

    Got a unit picked and private land locked down for antelope and mule deer for 2014. the unit is 100% draw.

    I downloaded garmin basecamp and the Wyoming map. I traced the outlines and uploaded it to google maps. Now im surfing and trying to figure out what geographical features to look for for mulies and antelope.

    bowls? water? topo?

    What doy u guys think? ill post some pics when I figure out how to do screenshots

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    Look for water, ask the landowner where he sees the animals. It helps to know what vegetation is on the property, call the local biologist and ask what the deer in the area prefer to eat. Where is the best cover? These are some ideas.

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    Look for roadless chunks of land.

    Look for small hidden draws. I can't believe how many times I've gotten into deer in a tiny draw just a rise or two off of a road that ATVs are buzzing down. Find knobs to glass off of that take a bit of effort to get to and that look into hidden areas. I'm not necessarily talking about a 5 mile hike. Often getting into hidden pockets even 1/4 to 1/2 mile off a road is productive.
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    Here are three images of the area. in one I marked a bowl that sits half mile from a dirt road. it would be totally un-visable until you were right on top of it. is that what you are talking about? the elevation change is 80 feet

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    That's the kind of stuff. It's kind of hard for me to work in 2D. It does not take much many time. The animals adapt to where they aren't disturbed.
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    As others have said look for areas with no roads and walk into them farther then most other hunters are willing to walk. Most hunters arent willing to walk all that far. I harvested an antelope in Wy last year on a ranch that I spotted nearly a mile away from the road. The other 1/2 dozen hunters there hadnt seen him and werent willing to get out and walk. Generally the landowner will give you a good idea of where to start looking and they want you to have a good hunt and come back another year. I would find all the high places I could and just glass alot the first day or 2 and you will figure out what areas to hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    Look for roadless chunks of land.

    Look for small hidden draws. I can't believe how many times I've gotten into deer in a tiny draw just a rise or two off of a road that ATVs are buzzing down. Find knobs to glass off of that take a bit of effort to get to and that look into hidden areas. I'm not necessarily talking about a 5 mile hike. Often getting into hidden pockets even 1/4 to 1/2 mile off a road is productive.
    UH hit it right on the head.

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    GG, I remember you talking about a HMA before. Is this a HMA or private land thats not in a HMA your asking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    GG, I remember you talking about a HMA before. Is this a HMA or private land thats not in a HMA your asking about?
    This is mostly Private in the pics. It is surrounded by blm and state. About 8-10 sq miles of private but its broken up and scattered. A lot of the access to state land runs through it though. we found a farmer who charged $200 per person for the trip for deer and antelope. says he has a lot of antelope and plenty of deer but not to expect a big deer. from other people in the area we have talked to 13" goat and a 3-4pt deer sounds like our goal.

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    Sounds like a good deal and should be a fun hunt! I doubt you will have much trouble finding antelope and those sound like realistic goals.

 

 

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