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Old 11-16-2014, 05:56 PM   #1
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Now that my hunting house, tree stand, and two 55 gallon feeders are sitting in my backyard, I'm trying to salvage this year's hunting season by going to Blackwater with my bow. Jaster has given me some pointers, and I have been all over youtube learning about "scouting" areas using google maps, terrain, bedding areas, feeding areas, funnels, etc.

When you look at a satellite view of a wooded area, it is obvious where the creeks are. You'll usually see the dark green creek beds surrounded by sparse looking pines. Ideally, you'd set up your tree stand on a funnel between a bedding area and a food source. I'm assuming that those sparse looking pine areas aren't going to be bedding areas. Those would be the greener areas with a lot of undergrowth. Also assuming that the food source would more likely be areas with lots of deciduous trees, i.e., white trees with no leaves (as viewed on google maps).

If I were to find a funnel, say a wooded, green creek bed that connects an agricultural/deciduous area to a larger wooded area, would I be on the right track? Are my above assumptions correct?

I understand that being on the ground in the woods would be better scouting, but we're halfway through archery season, and I wouldn't want to ruin someone elses hunt. I'll do that after deer season.

I would have probably spent the entire winter sitting in my hunting house staring at the spotted fawn and button bucks under my feeder, so if I go to the woods and climb a tree and see nothing, I'm no worse for wear. Cheaper, too.

I appreciate any advice you'd like to share. I'm a little discouraged that I invested so much time and money going the club route with not even a skinny doe to show for it, but I think overall my attitude is still positive.

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Creek bottoms are bedding areas. Sit on the edges and wait for em to come feed and it helps if u sit by an oak dropping some acorns especially during archery. What parts of bw are u hunting?
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:26 PM   #3
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I'd switch gears and hunt Eglin off 87 or YRWMA vs. BW. Then invest in some diver decoys and get ready for duck season.
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Looks like something that would come out of a creek in africa
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Creek bottoms are bedding areas. Sit on the edges and wait for em to come feed and it helps if u sit by an oak dropping some acorns especially during archery. What parts of bw are u hunting?
Up near Munson off of Sandy Forrest Road near Sweetwater Creek somewhere.
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Lots of deer in that area. I hunt the same general area. If u hunt close to the bottoms u will eventually get u one.
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Lots of deer in that area. I hunt the same general area. If u hunt close to the bottoms u will eventually get u one.
I'm sure there are also lots of hunters, too, huh? Well, I won't be the guy in the red pickup that crashes through underbrush 5 minutes before sunrise and sets up shop 25 yards away from you.
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You've done your homework, now you just have to go sit in those spots and observe. You might get it right the first time or you might have to swap to 10 different trees before you find the right spot.
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Natahar. Stay South East of that Creek. North West of it is off limits!!!! Lol
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