We continued our post season scouting this past weekend and also did a little bit of shed hunting. We had accomplished two different rounds of scouting thus far this post season. So throughout both of those scouting trips our main goal was to slowly pinpoint the areas we wanted to look at further. We started out with the broad approach of looking at aerial maps and combining that with our in the field observations from this past season. In the last two scouting trips, we put boots on the ground and further pinpointed the areas we wanted to look at and at the end of the scouting trip found an area that we wanted to focus on for this next year.
This past weekend’s scouting trip focused on this area and accomplishing two things, finding treestand locations and trail camera locations. This area is a very thick, swampy area that ranges from having about 2 feet of water in spots to having a bunch of horsetail grass. This grass is what is kind of forcing our hand a little bit. We pinpointed this area because of the number of beds, particularly buck beds, that we found within this 1-2 acre swamp. The game plan in this type of situation would be to find the buck beds and move in close enough to catch them moving before dark. But if you have ever encountered horsetail grass, you know that it is impossible to walk through it without sounding like a herd of elephants. So this is forcing us to hunt the edge of this area, where it transitions to river bottom, because it would be impossible to get any closer without spooking deer out of their beds.
This particular area has great access routes from all sides, so we wanted to find tree stand locations on all sides to accommodate the different wind directions. We were able to find some tentative locations to hang stands for next fall, but the one thing that we really wanted to do was find areas to hang some trail cameras this summer to get an inventory of the deer using this swampy area. Early this past season we saw two great bucks entering this swampy area, so we know that bucks will be using it, but putting these trail cameras out this summer will help us get some more information about this area.
So at the end of the day we were able to find three stand locations on the edge of this swamp to hang some tree stands and we marked a few spots on the GPS to hang trail cameras this summer.
One great thing about doing your post season scouting now is that there is likely to be a few shed antlers on the ground. While we didn’t find as many as we would like, we were able to find one shed while out scouting this past weekend.
Turkey season will be starting up very soon across most of the country. So make sure to check back as turkey season starts up for updates on our turkey hunts and the strategies we are using. Also, very soon we will be releasing our latest full length short film documenting our 2016 Nebraska deer season. As always, if you have any questions about our post season scouting this spring or any whitetail hunting questions be sure to email us. Thanks for reading and good luck shed hunting!!!