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#2975781 - 10/10/12 01:12 PM Yanahli Strategy
OHVATN
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I just moved to TN a few months ago. (By the way, this is an outstanding forum. I've been hunting for a long time, but learn something new each time I visit.) Although I will have the good fortune to hunt my wife's family farm in the midwest this year, that's only 4-5 days. My TN hunting will likely be focused entirely on Yanahli WMA. I have been able to scout it some (pre-archery), but not a lot. Cheek Bend (sounds like that's where the 'orange army' will encamp come Nov. 3.) I prefer to use my climber, but didn't see too many good trees, if any, where I scouted. Having hunted public land in other states before, I plan to walk far to areas I've noted on topos and arials. Since it will be my first hunt on Yanahli, I was thinking instead of arriving at my intended location the usual hour before shooting light that I would arrive 11am-ish as the 'change over' is occurring, but I don't want to encroach on anyone, etc. What do you think?

Sorry that my question isn't of much help to others, but any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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#2975807 - 10/10/12 01:33 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: OHVATN]
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You are correct about the "orange army". As soon as muzzle loader opens people get plumb ingnert. Bow season is as about as calm as i have seen it in quite some time. Good luck and be safe.

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#2975934 - 10/10/12 02:57 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: BrokenArrow]
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Thanks. Sounds like 0 dark 30 and hope to find a good tree after a long hike in the moon light is my best bet. Not sure why, but I feel safer hunting from a tree on relatively flat land like Yanahli. Not sure that it makes any difference, but I obviously see much better.
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#2976004 - 10/10/12 03:46 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: OHVATN]
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No need to not hunt the morning, jut hunt all day, that's the key to see the deer move
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#2976089 - 10/10/12 05:14 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: OHVATN]
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The dog training has been getting a little outa hand the last couple of mornings I went. Luckily they haven't spoiled my hunt yet.I saw a basket rack 6 point Sunday A.M. he didn't seem to mind all the barking in the distance..neither did the doe only 20 minutes behind him. The horseback riders seem to be holding off riding til most of the hunters are gone. That will last until thanksgiving then the silly arses show up in numbers without a dang stitch of orange on. Be careful if you hunt near the riding trails during that time...they are supposed to be wearing orange but you know how that goes.
Oh...welcome to TN. \:\)

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#2976102 - 10/10/12 05:21 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: BrokenArrow]
catman529
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I was at cheeks bend a couple weeks ago. I picked a random spot not far off one of the main trails. Loaded with hickory, oak and maple. Sat on my chair on the ground for a while, late afternoon as the sun was going down. I must have been moving my head too much because I suddenly heard blowing behind me and never saw what I spooked, they ran off into thicker woods. You could fit a climber in there easy and during bow season there are a few but not many hunters there. I just stay away from there period during gun season. Was the first place I ever took a gun in the woods for deer (2010) and I saw em at dusk in a back field that day, but I prefer to avoid the crowd.
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#2976110 - 10/10/12 05:28 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: catman529]
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Be careful around the river too. A lot of boat Hunt'n on the river during firearm season.I think some of those folks are shooti'n first then ground checking it afterwards.

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#2976119 - 10/10/12 05:40 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: BrokenArrow]
ImThere
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Just hunt where you want when you want and not try to get caught up in all the bs about to many hunters " sea of orange" it realy silly yea some people are stupid but just hunt dang you want a stratagy first in last out and hunt the hunters thats mine and it works
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#2976131 - 10/10/12 05:48 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: ImThere]
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Sounds like good sound advice \:\/
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#2976171 - 10/10/12 06:17 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: BrokenArrow]
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 Originally Posted By: BrokenArrow
Sounds like good sound advice \:\/

Im not sure what the little smirkin smiley is about
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#2976206 - 10/10/12 06:43 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: ImThere]
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ImThere knows what he's talking about. He's killed many deer off Yanahli.
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#2976217 - 10/10/12 06:51 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: ImThere]
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 Originally Posted By: ImThere
Just hunt where you want when you want and not try to get caught up in all the bs about to many hunters " sea of orange" it realy silly yea some people are stupid but just hunt dang you want a stratagy first in last out and hunt the hunters thats mine and it works


Just not sure about what you meant either.

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#2976232 - 10/10/12 06:58 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: BrokenArrow]
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 Originally Posted By: BrokenArrow
 Originally Posted By: ImThere
Just hunt where you want when you want and not try to get caught up in all the bs about to many hunters " sea of orange" it realy silly yea some people are stupid but just hunt dang you want a stratagy first in last out and hunt the hunters thats mine and it works


Just not sure about what you meant either.




What he meant, I think is. Just go hunting and don't worry about the other hunters. And get in your tree 1.5 hours before daylight and don't climb down until you can't see the ground. ;\)
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#2976242 - 10/10/12 07:04 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: BrokenArrow]
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Ok lets see
1. Worry bout your self. Let others worry about where you are just be respectfull if you do happen to walk up on someone
2. First in the woods last out. Hunt earlier and longer than most.
3. Dont hunt where every tree in a 100yd circle has climber marks i usually go the opposite way of most hunters. Trash on the ground and shooting lanes and climber marks are a tell all that the place sees alot of action. I hunted cheeks bend arguably the most popular spot out there and i thought i had the place alone up until i got called to work one time and left early there were 16 or 17 trucks parked along the way out.
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#2976283 - 10/10/12 07:34 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: ImThere]
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 Originally Posted By: ImThere
Ok lets see
1. Worry bout your self. Let others worry about where you are just be respectfull if you do happen to walk up on someone
2. First in the woods last out. Hunt earlier and longer than most.
3. Dont hunt where every tree in a 100yd circle has climber marks i usually go the opposite way of most hunters. Trash on the ground and shooting lanes and climber marks are a tell all that the place sees alot of action. I hunted cheeks bend arguably the most popular spot out there and i thought i had the place alone up until i got called to work one time and left early there were 16 or 17 trucks parked along the way out.


Like I said....sounds like good advice ;\)

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#2976287 - 10/10/12 07:35 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: BrokenArrow]
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Sound like you spent a little time in cheeks bend too. \:\)
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#2976291 - 10/10/12 07:37 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: ImThere]
catman529
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I haven't been to cheeks bend without seeing at least a truck or two. It is at least 800 acres though, but with enough hunters out there you may ot get the woods to yourself. Try hunting the spots where hunters obviously walk by on their way in... I found a big oak next to a parking area that could have potential, if I decided to hunt there.
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#2976303 - 10/10/12 07:46 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: catman529]
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I may have tried that a time or two in the last 25 years...LOL!
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#2976884 - 10/11/12 09:04 AM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: BrokenArrow]
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Thank you gentlemen. Very helpful advice, and I think helpful for others also hunting public land. Also, I gather you'd hunt the timber not the field edges.
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#2976892 - 10/11/12 09:09 AM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: OHVATN]
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Hunt in the rain.
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#2976947 - 10/11/12 09:59 AM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: Poser]
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I hunt travel paths to what ever they are feeding on thats the least intrusive to there daily routine sometimes fields sometimes woods during the rut mostly fields i would say or at least it seems that way i like to hunt high where i can see lots of ground during rifle
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#2976948 - 10/11/12 10:00 AM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: Poser]
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 Originally Posted By: Poser
Hunt in the rain.

I absolutely dont be afraid of doing this^^^
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#2977294 - 10/11/12 01:57 PM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: ImThere]
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Love to hunt the rain, as long as not a downpour. Nothing better than a misty, drizzly day. I think it cuts down on my smell and sound. During muzzy season it's a bit of a challenge as I use primitive muzzleloader. But its my favorite time to hunt.
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#2978661 - 10/12/12 10:14 AM Re: Yanahli Strategy [Re: OHVATN]
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thanks for all the info, I'm just about 10 minutes from the WMA and have yet to hunt it but planned to go this year. I'm fairly new to hunting so this will help. If anyone wants any company for a hunt or two let me know
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