Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Johnstown, CO
    Posts
    149
    Thanks
    148
    Thanked 59 Times in 36 Posts
    Congratulations
    11
    Congratulated 210 Times in 13 Posts

    When do you begin scouting?

    Out of curiosity, when do you start scouting? We?ll just stick with Elk and deer

    A. 1-5 years before drawing the tag
    B. Once you draw the tag (early summer into fall)
    C. Week before the season
    D. Day before season opens
    E. Just hope to get lucky
    F. Other

    I?ll let this go for awhile then put in my .02$

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Gypsum, Co
    Posts
    2,046
    Thanks
    122
    Thanked 804 Times in 569 Posts
    Congratulations
    52
    Congratulated 191 Times in 42 Posts
    It all depends on where and what I am going to hunt.

    I spent 14 points on a late season deer tag here in Colorado unit 44. I started to scout the Sunday before the hunt started, but then I live here in the unit and know it quite well.

    I spent 17 points on a muzzle loader elk hunt in unit 61 and I started to scout it heavy in July for the September hunt.

    I drew a LE elk tag in Utah in the Book Cliffs and I started to scout it in July of the same year. But then I know that unit almost as well as my home unit.

    I then drew a LE muzzle loader deer tag in the Book Cliffs and started to scout the Monday before the hunt opened but then once again I know the unit quite well and knew where I wanted to be on opening morning.

    I had a late season coues deer tag in Arizona and didn't scout it at all in 2016 but my friend that was going with me knew the unit so I was depended on him. I showed up and we started to hunt.

    I drew that same late season coues deer tag in Arizona on a fluke and once again I showed up with my buddy and started hunting. No scouting but that unit is 900 miles away so it would be quite hard to do much if any scouting.

    Other than that I put in for units that I know like the back of my hand. In these units I can just get up opening morning and go hunt. This is what I plan on doing this year with both deer and elk here in Colorado. I also put in for antelope in Utah in a unit that I know quite well, but since it is a LE hunt I will do some scouting on it this summer if I draw the tag.
    If you don't care where you are, you are not lost....

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to JimP For This Useful Post:


  4. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    1,731
    Thanks
    473
    Thanked 659 Times in 515 Posts
    Congratulations
    285
    Congratulated 97 Times in 30 Posts
    A,B,C,D,E, & F. Been guilty of them all, just depends on the hunt.

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Tim McCoy For This Useful Post:


  6. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Sandy Oregon
    Posts
    96
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked 19 Times in 16 Posts
    Congratulations
    1
    Congratulated 9 Times in 4 Posts
    I scout year round. I have some trail cameras up all the time and I try to make it out in the woods at least once a week.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to Micah S For This Useful Post:


  8. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    idaho
    Posts
    1,918
    Thanks
    625
    Thanked 881 Times in 572 Posts
    Congratulations
    345
    Congratulated 92 Times in 31 Posts
    when do I start?????????????

    better ? ,why does one ever stop?
    AS GOES THE CHURCH, SO GOES THE NATION

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to kidoggy For This Useful Post:


  10. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    171
    Thanks
    34
    Thanked 46 Times in 32 Posts
    Congratulations
    6
    Congratulated 14 Times in 2 Posts
    All year, I live where I hunt.

  11. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Dolores, Colorado
    Posts
    5,277
    Thanks
    1,434
    Thanked 2,097 Times in 1,194 Posts
    Congratulations
    304
    Congratulated 371 Times in 95 Posts
    I tend to hunt the same areas year after year. I do some scouting, depending on the type of year we are having. Last year we had almost no winter so the animals I had scouted in a new area were totally different than expected. Several years ago I hunted an area I had never been in here in Colorado for antelope. A friend told me about it as he hunted there in the past for deer/elk. Before I spend my 15 points on it I spent several trips there looking. Ended up being well worth the points.

    I never hunt a new area without scouting, usually for at least the previous year. The only times I don't scout is if I go on a guided hunt. No scouting, just lots of research and getting information.
    Colorado Cowboy
    Cowboy Action Shooter; Endowment Life Member-NRA, NRA certified Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, RMEF, Boone & Crockett Club.
    The Original Rocket Scientist-Retired
    "My Father always considered a walk in the mountains as the equivalent of church going."
    Aldous Huxley

  12. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Fort Collins, CO
    Posts
    274
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked 69 Times in 63 Posts
    Congratulations
    74
    Congratulated 87 Times in 4 Posts
    I try to scout out as far in advance as possible when burning lots of points, but the older I get time seems to not be on my side. I have a little 2 year old girl now and own my own business so I do not get as much time to scout as I wish. Priorities priorities!

  13. The Following User Says Thank You to MountainHigh For This Useful Post:


  14. #9
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Reno Nv
    Posts
    7,974
    Thanks
    2,877
    Thanked 1,753 Times in 1,232 Posts
    Congratulations
    757
    Congratulated 774 Times in 130 Posts
    A-D

    I like to get to know an area I want to hunt so I spend a lot of time in a new unit im trying to draw. I also try to draw doe or cow tags while waiting for a horn tag to get to know the area.
    I go to the Mountains to loose my mind and find my soul.

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to Ikeepitcold For This Useful Post:


  16. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    Woodland Park, Colorado
    Posts
    2,059
    Thanks
    618
    Thanked 865 Times in 558 Posts
    Congratulations
    230
    Congratulated 160 Times in 36 Posts

    If I draw my primary archery GMU only in June/July after the fawns drop to confirm the calving area is the same year to year.
    If I have to go to a secondary spot for archery I'm in it 4-6 times from June to Aug 15th or so.
    I don't rifle hunt much but when we do ( 4th or late) 4th I'll get to our GMU and give me 5 days prior to the tag to cover ground and find them. Late season about the same amount of days covering wintering areas till I glass them up.
    That's elk.

    Deer it depends on the tag....points used....etc etc.

  17. The Following User Says Thank You to Slugz For This Useful Post:


 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •