View Full Version : Shed Hunt 09

02-23-2009, 10:37 PM
Started the hunt for sheds again. Bait store was closed so couldn't ice fish today. Decided to try a new area that I suspected could have some deer. Had only about 1 1/2 hours to look. I can't wait for the snow to melt it was incredible the amount of sign I saw. I think I was a little overwhelmed and searching clearcuts makes every little piece of wood look like a tine. Anyways looking for a few tips on how to approach a new area. Mostly a ridgline with sections of clear cut in big woods. Trails all over the place. How would you approach this?

02-23-2009, 10:40 PM
Ordered a video on-line to help narrow the search areas. Just too many trails and sign all over the place to be able to concentrate on one area it seems.

02-24-2009, 09:27 AM
The best way is to show a bunch of fellow hunters the area and let them help... :btu:

Seriously, look for bedding areas. The best book I have seen is Rubline tactics, written by a guy named Miller..

02-24-2009, 09:45 AM
Found sporadic beds. The one anlter I found last year was in a lone bed under a pine. Lots of area to cover so it takes a while to thoroughly go through it. Bill, if you want to make a ride I can show you some woods. Best part is not many out looking.

02-25-2009, 04:54 PM
thought this was funny

03-01-2009, 10:22 PM
Hiked 1.5 on Thurs and 3 miles on Friday. Still too much snow. Concentrated on the sunny sides and saw a lot of sign but no drops.

03-01-2009, 10:26 PM
I discovered this rub line on the back side of a hill in some thicker woods. A little confused as I have never seen rubs so high. All were just about 5ft plus at the top. About a dozen trees had similar rubs. Wondering is it definitely a deer or possibly a hunter?

03-03-2009, 10:58 AM
Wow, according to the book Miller says that a small deer will rub a small tree. That is a thick tree, hence that is probably a huge deer. Also when they rub that high, it usually means a wider rack according to this guy in the book. See if there is a line of them and follow it. Good chance it will lead to a feeding area or a bedding area.

03-03-2009, 05:46 PM
There were a bunch in this one area. I marked it on the gps and will head back when the snow isn't close to 2 ft. Miller must give out some out some incredible secrets for it to cost $112 used looks like a better price.

03-04-2009, 07:31 AM
Tynan19, That looks more like moose than deer also most deer don't make scrapes much more than 4' off the ground but moose will make then up to 6' or more. :)

03-20-2009, 10:48 AM
This past weekend in Maine I went off the trail on my snowmobile because I was looking at the same type of scrapes. Also the Maine ones were made where there were other Moose Sign. That would be a bonus finding a Moose Rack in Ma. Beware of ticks. Hiked 3 miles on some powerlines yesterday and the wife and I each had to flick off close to 50 ticks apiece. Also found 3 large piles of hair but no carcass. Looks like coyotes got one or found a winter kill.

04-04-2009, 10:23 PM

04-05-2009, 05:57 PM
It is funny you say that because since seeing those marks I have seen a lot of them in Maine on my sled. I have all the areas on my GPS so I hope to get into them on quads later this spring after mud season.