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#3218026 - 04/09/13 08:41 PM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

[quote] -for the obvious and popular spots such as fields etc, hunt them after 9 in the morning. By 9 or 9:30, turkey woods empty out, especially of amateur hunters. Where a 10,000 acre WMA may have 50+ hunters at 8 am, there will be less 10 by 9:30, probably even 5 or less. I would rather have a solitude hunt with 1 gobble than a gobble heavy hunt with other hunters all around me. Go for the solitude in the early morning and then move in on more obvious area in the mid morning. [quote]

90% of the time I get up around 7 dilly dally get dressed head out get out there around 8. this way I see where people are and know which areas have had pressure that morning. Then i find an area with no cars (doesn't mean no one is there) and hunt there first. if i strike out, I move. often i find after 9 cars start disappearing. I will hit other spots I know no one has been in and often circle back on the areas I know people where in and vacated. Animals know when folks leave and they come out.
Semper Fidelis!

“There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
General James Mattis

#3219199 - 04/11/13 08:55 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: Bone Collector]
8 Point

Registered: 07/16/04
Posts: 2127
Loc: Memphis

I encountered this very thing this year for the juvi hunt at the Wolf River WMA.

I was out there scouting the entire week before and saw 2 other trucks.

Saturday morning we got out there early and set up about 100 yards from the roosting area as to not bust them off the roost.

Pop up blind and decoys set up at and then here come the flashlights.

the 1st guys that come in walk right into the roosting area shining their lights ALL over the place... left right up down... they were shining up in the trees and everything.

It was as if they were just spinning in circles with their lights on.

then the 2nd group come in as its breaking day light. walk right into our decoy spread about 25-30 yards from us in the blind.

then set up across the field from us
We could see their faces as the looked left and right and could tell each time the dad picked up his binoculars to look around.

I tried very hard not to let it ruin our hunt as the juvi I had with me really just wanted to "Go Hunting"

getting one would have just been icing on the cake.

I just hate that I did so much leg work in scouting the area, getting up extra early to beat everyone else, and walking in and setting up in the pitch black of night.

Chalked it up to the "woes of hunting public land"

#3219286 - 04/11/13 10:50 AM Re: Hunter Etiquette [Re: 762hunter]
Mud Dauber
16 Point

Registered: 07/28/10
Posts: 13547
Loc: Tennessee

I don't know why hunters shine their flashlights all around so much. I've seen guys coming through the woods looking like a strobe light at a rave. -easily noticeable a 1/2 a mile away in the Winter.
It doesn't have to be fun to be fun.

Wild & crazy, can't be stopped. Only the strong will survive.

Keep your knife sharp and your skillet greasy.

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