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#3020010 - 11/06/12 09:01 PM Royal Blue
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I've done some searches on here and found some info from other members, but I was wondering if anyone had any tips for royal blue? I might go try it out this weekend or early next week. I wonder if the south end is worth going to? My biggest issue is that it is so big, and I don't know where to start. I don't want to confine myself to one stand and not have a clue where I am. I would rather walk around and find places and hunt at the same time. I am not afraid to put miles on my boots.
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#3020714 - 11/07/12 08:31 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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Anyone?
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#3020746 - 11/07/12 08:46 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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I have found that the higher elevations are less productive as it gets colder, and areas with easy access get a lot of pressure
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#3020747 - 11/07/12 08:46 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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You'll definitely need to scout rather than just putting a stand somewhere. I'd walk right at dawn and when you find a saddle in a ridge that has some sign I'd sit to watch it.
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#3020770 - 11/07/12 09:03 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: guthooked]
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Yeah I have to kinda scout/hunt at the same time.
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#3021307 - 11/07/12 01:11 PM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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Actually up here now, wow there are some serious ridges!
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#3022720 - 11/08/12 07:58 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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 Originally Posted By: ford4wd08
Actually up here now, wow there are some serious ridges!


You must not be from around here. If you hear banjos, well, you are on your own.
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#3022752 - 11/08/12 08:05 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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It is not for the weak-hearted! I used to see deer up high, but after some poor mast production in some areas the deer seem to have headed lower. Also there has a good bit of logging in certain areas which tends to attract deer due to the cover and browse.
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#3023050 - 11/08/12 10:43 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Diehard Hunter
 Originally Posted By: ford4wd08
Actually up here now, wow there are some serious ridges!


You must not be from around here. If you hear banjos, well, you are on your own.


I'm from middle TN, Clarksville to be exact.

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#3023308 - 11/08/12 01:56 PM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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I have a buddy that is seeing deer up high right now, but expect that to change when the cold weather gets here. Just hope they don't run off into one of the deep holes, it might take everything you have to get it out.
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#3023323 - 11/08/12 02:02 PM Re: Royal Blue [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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Personally, being a life long East Tennesseean and very familiar with Royal Blue I could never imagine hunting any areas of Royal Blue that are off the beaten path without being prepared to quarter and pack out the meat.
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#3024481 - 11/09/12 07:51 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: BlountArrow]
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Luckily I get pretty good signal where I'm hunting.... Taking a buddy with me for the opening of modern gun.... SO if something is killed I'll have help or can call someone pretty easily
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#3032818 - 11/14/12 10:31 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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Its been pretty scarce this year. I have hunted the entire west side since the opening day of archery. I've been low, high, and in fields. Only saw 3 does not much sign at all. Going to try stinking creek this weekend.
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#3033328 - 11/14/12 03:41 PM Re: Royal Blue [Re: KnoxvilleHunter]
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Hmm... I'm seeing quite a bit of sign, saw two does last week
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#3033929 - 11/15/12 06:30 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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Your lucky then or your hunting real high. Normally i see deer every time I go, but not this year.
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#3034208 - 11/15/12 09:17 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: KnoxvilleHunter]
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I would say I'm fairly high... I find a new rub just about every day. Find many scrapes that are fresh. I believe they are still in the pre rut and mostly nocturnal.
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#3034355 - 11/15/12 10:16 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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where about are you hunting. i am curious, not going to take your spot.
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#3034373 - 11/15/12 10:22 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: KnoxvilleHunter]
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Take 63 from exit 141 off of 75. Past the post office a few miles still on 63.
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#3034391 - 11/15/12 10:29 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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Your farther north, i have been up and down royal blue road off exit 134. up in the fields behind the church and up and the ridges just before Titus Hollow Road. Going to try the fields off stinging creek road just off 63.
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#3034403 - 11/15/12 10:34 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: KnoxvilleHunter]
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I,m by some fields, but hunting woods. I have found most of the sign on old roads, some in the woods. Found a heavily used trail yesterday.
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#3034411 - 11/15/12 10:37 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: ford4wd08]
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I know where your at, thats a good spot, had a chance at a 6 point but no shot a couple years ago in that area.
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#3034415 - 11/15/12 10:40 AM Re: Royal Blue [Re: KnoxvilleHunter]
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Like I said I've seen does, but no bucks yet.... just keep finding more and more sign.
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#3035069 - 11/15/12 04:49 PM Re: Royal Blue [Re: KnoxvilleHunter]
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 Originally Posted By: KnoxvilleHunter
Its been pretty scarce this year. I have hunted the entire west side since the opening day of archery. I've been low, high, and in fields. Only saw 3 does not much sign at all. Going to try stinking creek this weekend.

Sounds about right for Royal Blue.

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#3035116 - 11/15/12 05:30 PM Re: Royal Blue [Re: pcrc]
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found this online.... few years old, but i think it is pretty accurate, especially the part about royal blue

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2007/sep/06/trick-to-wma-deer-hunting/

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