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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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After hunting an area for 3 years I've yet to see deer in it. All the sign in the world is there; scrapes, rubs, tracks, even found some impressive sheds but no deer. I let a freind hunt the spot and he claims to have seen deer but I havn't. Could it be a case of not being there at the right time or just bad luck. I have taken deer in the general area but I don't want to give up on that spot because of the sheds I have found there. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 09:37 PM
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trail cames to figure out what time they are there.
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2008, 12:23 AM
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Like ronn said trail cams. That would be an easy, simple way. Im also curious to what times are you hunting and for how long?
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2008, 04:44 AM
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you just opened pandoras box.You see sign etc that makes you believe deer are there.hey gremlins didnt make that sign the deer are there.now whats the wind direction?spray some wind checker,is blowing into your hunting spot?do you hunt this spot only?everytime you hunt a stand you reduce the odds of getting a deer there.you leave scent and sign that lets em know you were there.i could go on and on ,we need more info to help ya out,like what terrain,cover,wind direction,food sources,hunting pressure etcc..........

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2008, 06:21 AM
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Maybe they scented you (wind). Also, welcome to the site.
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2008, 09:53 AM
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Get a map of the area off the net here first, then you can see the 'big picture' from above. Watch the winds on your weather forecast....and last but not least, bait them suckers!! (if you're permitted to do so in your state)

You'll start seeing deer then
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2008, 10:49 AM
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there is a lot to answering the question and all thats been mentioned plus some needs to be thought out.
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-11-2008, 07:04 PM
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All the above and the question of baiting vs fair chase? It might be a can of worms, but its a question, where legal, has to be answered by the individual. Do I or don't I use bait? Give us some more info and maybe we can pinpoint some additional options for you.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 08:40 PM
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With the sign you described it sounds like you might be in their beds. try pulling back a hundred yards or so towards their feeding area and make sure the wind is right.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-28-2008, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Been offshore so I couldn't reply sooner. I always try to hunt from daylight to dark but sometimes its not possible because of my kids in sports. Thought about the cams but it is public land so that's a big risk.
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