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Baiting Mature Bucks.

Chass

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900 acres? The struggle is real, just not for you.

Y’all scout this early? No need to scout, put mineral stations out w a cam and get all the intel you need as for inventory.

If your hunting public it’s either where the funnels are, transitions, escape routes, bedding areas, feed trees or what is planted on private bordering it. Easy Peasy.
Nope no scouting just yet. Actually just pulled the Turkey cam. I'll start putting cams out here in a month or so, not worth fighting the ticks and chiggers checking them.
 

hickslawns

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My apologies. Not trying to start any feuds. I forgot what this thread is all about. It is specifically for this method whether one applies/agrees with these methods or not. I'll politely decline from anymore posts and do what works for me. Some guys enjoy trail cameras. Some don't. Some guys enjoy road scouting. Some don't. Some bait. Some don't. No judgement here. I don't care what you do so long as it is legal and ethical. Just not my thing.
 

Jackalope

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My apologies. Not trying to start any feuds. I forgot what this thread is all about. It is specifically for this method whether one applies/agrees with these methods or not. I'll politely decline from anymore posts and do what works for me. Some guys enjoy trail cameras. Some don't. Some guys enjoy road scouting. Some don't. Some bait. Some don't. No judgement here. I don't care what you do so long as it is legal and ethical. Just not my thing.
Just make sure when road scouting that it isn't over anything that baited them there like standing beans or other food. ;)
 
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TripleA88

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So it begins, the battle of intrusion. About twice a week i get pictures of my buddies UTV or pit bike rippin passed my camera in the evenings. I cant get away from it. So ill play into it, ill start riding back solo myself a few evenings a week until we get closer to season.
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The bucks are starting to leave the bean fields around here. I guess its time..
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TripleA88

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Off subject but I may also add since my bait buck got divulged in a venison buffet before i found him last year, i did my duty this past winter going to war on coyotes. I spent more time on them than deer hunting itself in 2018-19 , and now im addicted...

I just hope im not frowned upon for my practices, i do it and see it as deer management and a simple calculation of the deer herd and whats for the taking. Precision. As well with countering the constant human intrusion to give myself oppurtunity. A Bait pile with a camera can show whats there easily, or a bean/hay field, or a water source, or an oak flat or an apple tree with binoculars of course. But cameras and corn are more effective lol. And if given the oppurtunity, ill hunt over it. In 2015 and 2018, i shot a 162 and a 163 opening day but soon as ruts over, corn goes back out to see how what survived and how they did.

During the winter, post gun, a corn pile and a cam, one can find out how the deer did in the area through the brutality of deer season as most hunters threw up the white flag, at least here locally. Thats why I shoot for a mature buck and allow others to grow and procreate assuming the neighbors play along, they generally dont but to each their own. Our deer numbers here have been low compared to when i first started hunting in 2003. I havent shot a doe since 2011, and i can say our local numbers have rebounded enough that i would be comfortable enough to shoot one. Perhaps because more people managing, passing deer, the desire to shoot bigger horns, more people taking hits on yotes, ODNR tag changes or season changes, IDK?Sometimes i think the mid 2000s or that decade was a huge deer hunting fad, deer numbers faded along with hunters?

Again coyotes...
I see alot of guys here locally hunt their ass off for deer then they fade off after gun season. Id say 80% of them dont play hell on coyotes but theyll always talk about how they destruct their turkey and fawn numbers around here. Thats just me getting insight from the locals here, one being Joes uncle in law, Ralph, which Joe can attest, that dude puts a hammer down on 60+ yotes a year on multiple properties.

Another note, USA Foxx and Furr conjured up 2 head dresses and a teddy bear for me. I sent in 3 of the 7 i caught with Joes help in one funnel we set up. You bet your ass the next deer i kill will be me wearing that coyote! lol
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