collapse
Elk101 Bearpaw Outfitters

Author Topic: When scouting fails  (Read 1175 times)

Offline wendigo

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Aug 2016
  • Posts: 25
  • Location: darrington
When scouting fails
« on: October 05, 2017, 04:16:32 PM »
Im hunting modern fire arm for the first time  this season (i usually bowhunt) and I have been doing a lot of scouting (mule deer)  but so far have not found anything remotely promising. I went out for high buck and saw plenty of deer in the wilderness areas I usually bow hunt.

I know weather will be a huge factor for modern firearm season, but im thinking about hiking into the high country and trying my luck. I have a lot more confidence in the high country but im usually out of there by the middle of September and have no idea what to expect for weather, deer, and hunting pressure mid Oct.

Or would I be better off doing more last minute scouting lower?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Offline boneaddict

  • Site Sponsor
  • Administrator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 43399
  • Location: Selah, Washington
Re: When scouting fails
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2017, 04:25:11 PM »
If you are scouting to find numbers, I wouldn't put too much into it.  After the wee hours of opening morn, nothing stays the same as what is scouted.  Then weather, and normal rut migration happens.   Animals completely change. As for you high country question.  It varies.  I have been chased out of it many times by weather and have also enjoyed success.   I suppose what you are considering as high country might determine the answer to that question.   Just know it gets real very fast up there.

Offline rtspring

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Old Salt
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jul 2010
  • Posts: 5272
Re: When scouting fails
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2017, 05:57:16 PM »
Most of the deer Iv'e killed during modern I never seen during scouting trips.  Scouting only takes you so far.   The high country is awesome, but it can kill you if you are not prepared for weather to hit. 
I kill elk and eat elk, when I'm not, I'm thinking about killing elk and eating elk.

It doesn't matter what you think...

The Whiners suck!!

Offline Turner89

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Nov 2011
  • Posts: 2976
  • Location: Startup, Wa
Re: When scouting fails
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017, 06:09:18 PM »
Same as rt, I never saw any of my deer while scouting. Like bone said, and you probably know, everything changes in October.

Offline wendigo

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Aug 2016
  • Posts: 25
  • Location: darrington
Re: When scouting fails
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2017, 06:14:12 PM »
I'm not even finding much of any fresh sign in the areas I have tried with my limited time. I have seen plenty of does way down low out in the open in private land, and a few does and small bucks in the high country but nothing (no sign) in between in areas that look like killer habitat.
Maybe I'm in a migration area and the migration hasn't started yet?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Offline Skyvalhunter

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Oct 2007
  • Posts: 11977
  • Location: The valley
Re: When scouting fails
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2017, 05:35:37 AM »
Of coarse were not talking about the scouting you are doing near Darrington correct?

Offline wendigo

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Aug 2016
  • Posts: 25
  • Location: darrington
Re: When scouting fails
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2017, 06:40:37 AM »
No, im scouting on the eastside trying for the blacktails big brother.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Offline ian_padron

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jun 2015
  • Posts: 301
  • Location: Snohomish
Re: When scouting fails
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 09:07:54 AM »
I've found it's good to have a contingency plan based on the weather. If things remain fair, I'll be just below my high hunt spot during modern. If the shizz hits the fan, I move to the burns along the migration corridors. Find the feed and you will find bucks.

Sent from my LG-H872 using Tapatalk


 

* Recent Topics

One of Those by bowhunterforever
[Today at 11:09:09 PM]


Izhmash AK 47 with Ammo and Mags by Spuddieselwwu
[Today at 10:59:19 PM]


Got my Utah Mountain lion by bowhunterforever
[Today at 10:43:42 PM]


MT. Hull- Chelan Butte by bowhunterforever
[Today at 10:41:07 PM]


Any recommended archery shops near Spokane? by bowhunterforever
[Today at 10:39:49 PM]


NE whitetail strategy by archer88
[Today at 09:52:26 PM]


DUMB AR QUESTION by bullfisher
[Today at 09:38:33 PM]


WTS: .50 Cal Muzzleloader Supplies by Naches Sportsman
[Today at 09:25:31 PM]


Who here Shot Cinder? by Crunchy
[Today at 09:20:17 PM]


Good Montana Whitetails by Kenaiwild
[Today at 09:11:49 PM]


New Facebook Group by Goshawk
[Today at 08:56:47 PM]


State orders killing of wolves from 2 more packs by Boss .300 winmag
[Today at 08:49:20 PM]


Got into a few the other day by tdpointer
[Today at 08:48:48 PM]


late season grouse? by tdpointer
[Today at 08:46:20 PM]


Dec 8 trapping class at Cabelas by Trapper John
[Today at 08:45:18 PM]


coyote buyer by Samloffler
[Today at 08:43:46 PM]


Calendar is OUT!!!! Boneaddict's 2019 Cal by nwwanderer
[Today at 08:25:42 PM]


Generator for RV by MADMAX
[Today at 08:11:11 PM]


Pay it Forward by Naches Sportsman
[Today at 08:10:26 PM]


3nails trapping 2018-19 by Jonathan_S
[Today at 07:41:01 PM]