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Big Game Hunting => Deer Hunting => Topic started by: BiggerMcGuire on November 12, 2019, 08:32:33 PM

Title: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: BiggerMcGuire on November 12, 2019, 08:32:33 PM
I am from pierce county. I have hunted blacktail for now 7 modern rifle seasons. So far i have harvested a buck 50 percent of the time. First a little spike when i was 13. Then a fork and horn when i was 16. Last year at 23 put down a thick 3pt plus eyegaurds. Now my hunting spot was logged this past summer and this year has been a struggle. Can anybody help a fellow outdoorsmen?
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Crunchy on November 12, 2019, 08:47:59 PM
 :chuckle: :chuckle:  Dream on!!!  I think these last couple of years have been tough for all of us blacktail hunters.  My go to spots either got logged or are now over grown and nearly impossible to hunt.  So I am forced to branch out to other areas.  Come muzzy and archery I will be in the tall timber and hope for the best.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: jrebel on November 12, 2019, 08:50:31 PM
I thought blacktail deer liked clear cuts?   :dunno: :dunno:
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: BiggerMcGuire on November 12, 2019, 09:06:16 PM
I thought blacktail deer liked clear cuts?   :dunno: :dunno:
They like security cover
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Meathunter06 on November 12, 2019, 09:55:10 PM
Hell half of the spots i used to hunt are now housing developments :'(
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Bango skank on November 12, 2019, 10:15:06 PM
This is why its good to have a backup spot, and backup to your backup etc.  Spending time in the offseason scouting new areas is important, you just never know what will change from year to year.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Squatch633 on November 12, 2019, 10:53:19 PM
Those deer had to go somewhere. Typically the loggers donít haul them to the mill with the logs. Start by branching out to surrounding areas. Iím assuming thereís still timber around somewhere?
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: fishnfur on November 13, 2019, 12:14:53 AM
Vashon and Anderson Islands.  Full 'o deer.  The far side of "the bridge" is pretty good too.  Go about 25 miles from there and find some good looking public/private timberlands.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Big6bull on November 13, 2019, 07:59:09 AM
I would be hunting that cut first and last hours in a heart beat.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: highside74 on November 13, 2019, 08:41:03 AM
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL! :lol4:
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Goshawk on November 16, 2019, 07:43:32 PM
If you have access to the timber that borders you new cut, get about 40 to 60 yards inside the timber and hunt the side trails. You'll need to find a good trail with the wind right, get comfortable and become one with a stump or tree.  Once inside the thicket, take no more than three super slow steps at a time and don't move until you have proven there is not a deer in sight before taking the next three steps.  Slow is the word when your in their house.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Naches Sportsman on November 16, 2019, 10:11:01 PM
That fresh clear cut will be good for a few years to come. First fall after they plant it, get in there and hunt it. Deer and Elk love to destroy seedlings from the nursery.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: AL WORRELLS KID on November 17, 2019, 06:20:12 PM
Some of my best Deer Hunting has been on the edge of those Clear Cuts.
(It's like they come running when they hear the Chainsaw's.)
Google Earth reveal's a lot of secret's, if you just take the time to look.  :tup:
Doug
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Mossy on November 17, 2019, 06:47:14 PM
What do you guys think about actively logging in an area you normally hunt?  Weekdays itís no brianer but what about weekends?  They go back normal for the 2 days?  Iíve hunted both scenarios this week opinions are appreciated.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Pnwrider on November 17, 2019, 08:58:31 PM
What do you guys think about actively logging in an area you normally hunt?  Weekdays itís no brianer but what about weekends?  They go back normal for the 2 days?  Iíve hunted both scenarios this week opinions are appreciated.

I thought you werenít supposed to hunt active logging sites?
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: huntnnw on November 18, 2019, 06:46:34 AM
Perfect time to be exploring new country . This is why you put time in the off-season finding multiple places to hunt. I canít even begin to count how many places to hunt deer or elk on a given day. Itís probably over 100 spots
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Mossy on November 18, 2019, 02:05:09 PM
What do you guys think about actively logging in an area you normally hunt?  Weekdays itís no brianer but what about weekends?  They go back normal for the 2 days?  Iíve hunted both scenarios this week opinions are appreciated.

I thought you werenít supposed to hunt active logging sites?

No idea?  Whatís the reasoning behind that? 
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: Dark2Dark on November 18, 2019, 02:29:42 PM

What do you guys think about actively logging in an area you normally hunt?  Weekdays itís no brianer but what about weekends?  They go back normal for the 2 days?  Iíve hunted both scenarios this week opinions are appreciated.

I thought you werenít supposed to hunt active logging sites?

No idea?  Whatís the reasoning behind that?

Private timber companies probably donít want vehicle traffic interfering with their operations or gunfire near them.

When you buy the Weyco keys they prohibit hunting in the active logging areas and often have the roads nearby shutdown entirely.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: scrapperdude on November 18, 2019, 02:41:46 PM
the deer don't like it when the trees fall on them so I'd stay out of active logging areas :IBCOOL:
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: jagermiester on November 18, 2019, 03:12:51 PM
Those deer had to go somewhere. Typically the loggers donít haul them to the mill with the logs. Start by branching out to surrounding areas. Iím assuming thereís still timber around somewhere?

 :chuckle:
exactly what I was thinking maybe there is nothing left around there.

Sometimes things like this are a blessing in disguise though... Good luck and I hope you find a new better honey hole soon.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: pianoman9701 on November 18, 2019, 03:29:12 PM
We got to our favorite spot this year and it was all down, too. I feel your pain.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: BigGoonTuna on November 18, 2019, 05:27:54 PM
I had a bummer of a late season...hunted an area since 2013, seen one hunter in all those years, now crawling with people this season. Really puts a crimp in your confidence when you have to try and find a new spot mid-season.
Title: Re: Dont know where to hunt, my spot was logged!
Post by: JimmyHoffa on November 18, 2019, 05:44:45 PM
I wish a lot of my spots would at least get a thinning cut.  A bunch of clear cuts would be nice, but maybe not if they spray them too.