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#3317248 - 08/09/13 01:28 PM pine thickets
Lou358
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Best way to hunt large pine thickets? Deer sign and trails seem to be everywhere more than one distinct trail. There are a couple small hardwood hollars. Any good tips are appreciated!
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#3317264 - 08/09/13 01:47 PM Re: pine thickets [Re: Lou358]
plinker22
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Find where & when they are going to eat. Act like the Big Bad Wolf somewhere in between. \:D
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#3317272 - 08/09/13 01:51 PM Re: pine thickets [Re: Lou358]
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I like to hunt the "edges" of pine thickets. Look for main trails coming out of the pines and into the hardwoods, etc. If the acorns are falling a set up like that is hard to beat.
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#3317282 - 08/09/13 02:01 PM Re: pine thickets [Re: bigtex]
Lou358
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Thanks
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#3317392 - 08/09/13 04:18 PM Re: pine thickets [Re: Lou358]
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Great to stillhunt just inside the edges during a rain. Can't beat them for stillhunting on very windy days or when it's blistering cold. Like others have said, hunt the edges when you're standhunting.
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#3317766 - 08/09/13 10:39 PM Re: pine thickets [Re: bigtex]
Poleaxe
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 Originally Posted By: bigtex
I like to hunt the "edges" of pine thickets. Look for main trails coming out of the pines and into the hardwoods, etc. If the acorns are falling a set up like that is hard to beat.


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#3317831 - 08/10/13 01:02 AM Re: pine thickets [Re: Poleaxe]
stik
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block some trails and funnel them onto the trails you are hunting.
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#3317840 - 08/10/13 01:18 AM Re: pine thickets [Re: stik]
catman529
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I haven't really hunted a pine thicket but hunt cedar thickets pretty often... I like to just pick a tree near a good trail and sit down, deer seem to move all over the place in a cedar thicket. The deer I have killed in cedars have been near the edge of a field but still inside the woods.
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#3318717 - 08/10/13 10:02 PM Re: pine thickets [Re: catman529]
cecil30-30
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Are you hunting the bowater leases?
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#3318952 - 08/11/13 08:57 AM Re: pine thickets [Re: cecil30-30]
Mike Belt
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If you can find a thicket inside a pine planting check it out. Deer will bed and travel anywhere in the pines but seem really attracted to inside thickets and their edges. "Outside" hunting pressure will also put them in the pines because most people don't hunt them. If you can find a "deery" area surrounding pines all the better.
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#3319048 - 08/11/13 10:34 AM Re: pine thickets [Re: Mike Belt]
Grill-n-man
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Had pretty good luck hunting the edges of hardwoods that are in pines. As for just pines, depending on how tall they are and the underbrush, had pretty good luck hunting the sides of small hills. Now if they are short pines around 4-5 feet tall try to get above em so you can see down into them.
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#3319069 - 08/11/13 10:54 AM Re: pine thickets [Re: Grill-n-man]
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I hunt the edges of pines regularly, but I never go into the pines because those are my local sanctuaries. However, if I were hunting a pine plantation, that would be a different story.
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#3319406 - 08/11/13 05:51 PM Re: pine thickets [Re: BSK]
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Hate pine thickets Usually hunt the edges .
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#3319665 - 08/11/13 09:05 PM Re: pine thickets [Re: Snake]
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Creek crossings, trail intersections, natural funnels and any food sources there in.
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#3330369 - 08/21/13 10:18 AM Re: pine thickets [Re: Mike Belt]
Lou358
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Cecil, this probably is an old bowater place. Pines pines pines.....
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#3330371 - 08/21/13 10:19 AM Re: pine thickets [Re: Lou358]
Lou358
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Thanks guys
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#3330626 - 08/21/13 02:15 PM Re: pine thickets [Re: Lou358]
Poleaxe
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We got some land that has one pine thicket that's 60 acres. We took chain saws in three different places cut us a small 40x40 square, scraped back the ground and threw out some throw and go and had a lot of luck with them. We put blinds up overlooking each one. Other advice, like the others said find the food (edges) and hunt them.
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