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Hunting in open fields vs woods
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September 6, 2012
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Hi everybody. I was just sitting here thinking about my hunting experiences (somewhat limited) and comparing them to what i see on my favorite hunting shows. I know that those guys are hunting at the best hunting clubs around that have management rules and such. What i was wondering was what everyone thinks about hunting in open fields vs woods. I know they get harvested in both but was wondering what you guys thought about where to see the best and biggest bucks. I know that in the field we are always watching the wood line to see if any are there and looking to walk out. I also hunt on only 10 acres or so and the whole field is cleared and has food plots and corn piles. I look forward to seeing what you guys think. I was considering setting up in the woods this year and trying to see if anything changes. How have you guys fared?

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September 6, 2012
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I’ve never had the opportunity to hunt only ten acres or over food plots or bait piles so I have no idea what that’s like. I can usually hunt and walk 5 to 10 miles a day and not see another hunter in the woods. The transition areas usually hold game. On ten acres I would imagine it’s hard to keep deer on it especially during the rut and hunting it too hard would probably push them off it.

September 6, 2012
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I’ve always hunted in the woods. I just enjoy being in the woods a lot more than sitting and watching an empty field. I imagine it would depend on the type of woods and the type of field for a person to decide. Some are better than others. It might be better to  hunt in the woods in the morning and try getting the deer as they leave the field, then in the evening hunt in the field and get the deer as they come in.

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September 6, 2012
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m gardner said
I’ve never had the opportunity to hunt only ten acres or over food plots or bait piles so I have no idea what that’s like. I can usually hunt and walk 5 to 10 miles a day and not see another hunter in the woods. The transition areas usually hold game. On ten acres I would imagine it’s hard to keep deer on it especially during the rut and hunting it too hard would probably push them off it.

 

The type of hunting that i dream of and want to do is they type of hunting that you do. Thats awesome that you have that! I like trekking through the woods and stalking prey, even though i dont get to do it much and dont have that far to trek. I have walked through the woods until i have hit a fence and ran across all types of game trails, one was as wide as a road, no joke. So that got me thinking about this topic. And as for the overhunting, youre absolutely right. I have had that conversation with my buddy who owns the land. Im the new guy in the pack and didnt really have that much of a voice in the decisions, but i have worked the land and prepped things with him for the last 2 years and earned myself a key to the property. There are 5-6 of us that go hunting out there and later in the season it is hard to come across anything at all. Its enough to make you not want to even take the time to go out there and try for something. I have started to talk to others about hunting with them and trying to go there less because its not that big of a piece of land and the deer you come across just arent that high of quality, but when its all you got you just have to take it. Hopefully things will be better this year, i have another friend whose family has their own hunting club (i didnt even know that) and has given me an invite to come out with him this year during the rut. Maybe Ill finally get that monster i have been dreaming of. Thanks for the input and good luck on your season.

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September 6, 2012
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I’ve always hunted in the woods. I just enjoy being in the woods a lot more than sitting and watching an empty field. I imagine it would depend on the type of woods and the type of field for a person to decide. Some are better than others. It might be better to  hunt in the woods in the morning and try getting the deer as they leave the field, then in the evening hunt in the field and get the deer as they come in.

 

Do you hunt in tree stands or do you hunt out of a blind? The stand i sit in is one that we built and is nice because it is big enough to relax in, stand up in and stretch if you need to which is good on those long hunts. I have considered getting a blind and using it when i want to sit in the woods. I think i would like that more than setting up another stand. I have yet to see a big buck out there. Just does, fawns, pronghorns, and a couple of 4 pointers. Granted we dont get anything really big here in SC but surely there are bigger ones than the ones I have seen. Thanks to you as well for your input and i hope you have a good season. Im going turkey hunting for the first time this year and am going to try my hand at duck hunting as well. Im expanding my hunting horizons!

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September 6, 2012
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I used to hunt from a ladder stand but I’m getting just a little wobbly in my old age so I’ll probably have to start hunting from a blind.

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September 7, 2012
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I have never hunted from blinds or stands but have always been told to set them up early so the animals get used to seeing them there.

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September 7, 2012
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elkmuzzleloader said
I have never hunted from blinds or stands but have always been told to set them up early so the animals get used to seeing them there.

It is best to set them up early IF no one else is hunting there. I have had some stolen. On the other hand I have had some that stayed in the same spot for years.

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September 7, 2012
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bluewater said

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I have never hunted from blinds or stands but have always been told to set them up early so the animals get used to seeing them there.

It is best to set them up early IF no one else is hunting there. I have had some stolen. On the other hand I have had some that stayed in the same spot for years.

 

Thats my thing about hunting in the public places. I certainly wouldnt leave my stuff there for that reason, most people suck. I have been told and heard that you def should be there early and even brushing them in is helpful. I wouldnt mind hunting out of a blind because the common hunting stands (small one man) just dont really work for me. I need to be able to stand up and stretch. 15 yrs of construction has left me stiff when it comes to the back being still for long periods of time. The stand i usually sit in is a good 8’x8′ so i love that thing. Sorry about your stuff being stolen captain, its too bad people are like that. I live by “Treat others the way you want to be treated”, I try to make mama proud since i spent childhood being a s*%thead. Lol.

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September 8, 2012
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I am mainly a woods hunter myself. I have 3 stands set up on my property and depending on where I see traces that is the stand I choose to hunt, or if I have guests hunting with me I usually try to put them in the right spot to get a chance at scoring a nice buck. I do have 10 acres of open field on my property, it is a hay field mostly but we always put a little something in the corners that serves as a feed plot. I have a friend who is in a wheelchair and he hunts the field from his vehicle because he still loves to hunt. I would say I prefer the woods myself, but we all have good luck no matter where on the property we are. I guess it is a product of the area I live in, because deer are abundant.

September 9, 2012
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To be honest I’ve never hunted around fields, but then it’s kind of hard to call some of the areas I’ve hunted in AZ. forest also.

September 9, 2012
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I think I prefer the woods.  If you want to hunt on open fields, you have to get the landowner’s permission. 

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