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Scouting Plans

Postby Swede » 05 13, 2019 •  [Post 1]

I plan to head out in early July to scout for a week and set up cameras. I have a few tree stand sites to prepare and a few new locations I have found on maps and have the coordinates for. Hopefully it is warm and dry without being too hot. Partly it is just a great time to be back in the elk woods. The snow should all be gone then except a little in the craggy tops of the mountain peaks. By then I will have heard that I got no special draw tags and it is back to the OTC situation. Actually I don't care if I draw or don't. I wonder why I got started putting in for limited entry hunt areas.
What are some of your scouting plans?
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Re: Scouting Plans

Postby Elkhntr08 » 05 13, 2019 •  [Post 2]

In Wyoming right now doing a little scouting/ bear hunting. I would be if I hadn’t caught a nasty head cold on the way out here.
Just driving around for a couple days has helped a bunch. Looking at doing a hike tomorrow up a closed road. Hopefully I can get close to my A spot and check out B and C.
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Re: Scouting Plans

Postby Indian Summer » 05 14, 2019 •  [Post 3]

I usually make an August trip. I go hike my hunting area just for fun. No need to scout really. I might pack a wood stove up the mountain to save a trip during hunting season. But I’ll also take the time to prospect new areas. I always have the next great area on the radar. I have to make sure I have some great trees picked out for the day Swede ventures out of his comfort zone and buys a hunt plan!

This year my trip will be a little later. Labor Day weekend, because I have a wedding to go to out there. That’ll be an all weekend event with kayaking and campfires. My friend and hunting parter who is tying the knot also bought a house. The property is all fenced for horses with a good sized garage.... for me to keep gear in. Finally a solid home base!!! I think I’m as excited as he is. Probably more since I don’t have to pay the mortgage. A “budget house” around Jackson is 375 grand.

Like Swede I’ll just be happy to get back into elk country. Anything I actually accomplish will be a bonus.
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Re: Scouting Plans

Postby BrentLaBere » 05 14, 2019 •  [Post 4]

Late July ealy August are the times for me. Nothing set on the calendar yet. I have other scouting plans for North Dakota this year that might mess with things.
Yup, scouting trip simply needs to be fun. Putting on some miles, glassing early mornings and evenings but that part cant interfere with my fishing times. Drive the roads a bit and check out possible access and camping spots. Road conditions can play a big factor during the season if the weather gets bad. Testing any new gear if possible too.
Its always nice to find elk. Especially the cows.
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Re: Scouting Plans

Postby Swede » 05 14, 2019 •  [Post 5]

I appreciate you keeping an eye out for me. Maybe someday, but I suspect the next time I leave the State it will be with my rifle. I should put that old 338W back in business. I think the old Model 70 needs another adventure. I would have no idea where to go, so I will contact you when it is time.
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Re: Scouting Plans

Postby Lefty » 05 14, 2019 •  [Post 6]

Elkhntr08 wrote:ow doing a little scouting/ bear hunting. I would be if I hadn’t caught a nasty head cold on the way out here.
Just driving around ,,,,,,,,C.


I scout all year long when I’m atv’ing hiking, camping, and bear hunting

A bit over a week ago we set bear bait. I was surprised the elk used the exact same track leaving the winter range as they did leaving the forest in November. While we saw lots of scattered elk we did se a migrating herd, we could see 125, so was there double or triple that moving together.
I guess I could call it all scouting. But other than one year
When I kept a close eye on one bull
I just like being out there experiencing and learning whatever happens
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Re: Scouting Plans

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 14, 2019 •  [Post 7]

Off to the spud state for 5ish days mid July to put boots on ground in a new area; if it looks good, we'll hunt it in SEP, if not, back to our old area a bit farther north for archery elk. Early/mid August for a long weekend in WA to check out an old archery area that now has a ML season, 5-11 OCT (will be packing the new smoke pole for WA Wapiti this year). Some various weekends here and there to dig around in some local deer/elk areas for the late season adventures in WA.
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Re: Scouting Plans

Postby Indian Summer » 05 15, 2019 •  [Post 8]

WapitiTalk1 wrote:Off to the spud state for 5ish days mid July to put boots on ground in a new area; if it looks good, we'll hunt it in SEP, if not, back to our old area a bit farther north for archery elk. Early/mid August for a long weekend in WA to check out an old archery area that now has a ML season, 5-11 OCT (will be packing the new smoke pole for WA Wapiti this year). Some various weekends here and there to dig around in some local deer/elk areas for the late season adventures in WA.


6 weeks until you can buy a Wyoming elk point. I’m really excited to hear what you have ti say after you hunt there.
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Re: Scouting Plans

Postby WapitiTalk1 » 05 15, 2019 •  [Post 9]

Yep, buying another WY point this year. I'll get down there at some point ;) .
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Re: Scouting Plans

Postby 7mmfan » 05 20, 2019 •  [Post 10]

Doing my first actual scouting trip to Idaho in a few weeks. We've hunted it for 4 years now, but as is the case when hunting, you dial into where your best known chance of success is and work it, limiting how much time you spend in new ground. It will be nice to be there with no pressure and go exploring for a few days.

I'll also scout locally for blacktail and bear. It's timber company land so it's really just riding around on a bike and finding the new clear cuts and a few good spots to glass from.
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