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Old 06-23-2020, 10:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'd try to avoid bumping any elk or deer if it can be avoided. It's better to leave them unpressured. Sometimes you might not have a choice, but if you do have the choice, leave em be. Even scouting, I'm wearing some camo, trying to stay quiet, and minding the wind direction to some degree. Avoid crashing through the forest like a recreational hiker. If you think there are some elk or deer bedded down ahead of you, it's better to back out and leave them alone. A tripod, a sitting pad, and a pair of binos goes a long way.
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Old 06-23-2020, 10:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'd try to avoid bumping any elk or deer if it can be avoided. It's better to leave them unpressured. Sometimes you might not have a choice, but if you do have the choice, leave em be. Even scouting, I'm wearing some camo, trying to stay quiet, and minding the wind direction to some degree. Avoid crashing through the forest like a recreational hiker. If you think there are some elk or deer bedded down ahead of you, it's better to back out and leave them alone. A tripod, a sitting pad, and a pair of binos goes a long way.
This^^^ I approach scouting the same way I approach hunting, constantly checking the wind, Being mindful, I dress as if I were hunting and pack all the same gear, minus the weapon and game bags. I want the animals to have no idea I’m in there. Even though I’m not going to stalk anything, I like to figure out a game plan for every animal I see, makes it fun and keeps you sharp.
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Seen a few folk at the grocery store wearing masks.
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:47 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Several moose and lots of doe mule deer. One small buck. But I did put up 2 trail cams. Let’s hope they don’t go missing!!
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Old 06-23-2020, 07:47 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've seen quite a few bucks this spring, a lot in areas lower in elevation than I was seeing them last year which is interesting. I have not run into very many elk since about March, which is a little concerning. Even though I'll be in the first my dedicated tag, my main goal is to down a spike or cow elk on an OTC archery tag. My plan is to get up higher in elevation the next couple weeks and check out some new areas. Hopefully I can get into more elk.
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Yeah. All of my scouting was done with optics with the exception of a few hikes to place trail cams.


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Old 06-25-2020, 07:54 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Fish! Won't start scouting for deer until after the 4th holiday.
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