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1st timer-how to approach hunting area

How do you typically approach hunting a particular basin? Do you set up on one side of a drainage and glass the opposite side? Or try to get high on the side you plan on hunting and glass down for the deer? I'm sure that this depends somewhat on how wide the drainage is....at what distance would you change approaches? Seeing how this fall will be my first archery mule deer hunt i'm just trying to shorten my learning curve.
Here is an area that I'm thinking about accessing and I put a possible route on that would put me on a prominent point and allow me to see into multiple basins....is this how you would start in an area that you've never hunted? Any and all suggestions/feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Re: 1st timer-how to approach hunting area

There are alot of variables that arent mentioned in yoru question. Best thing to do is prescout. Find the feeding areas,locate the bedding areas and figure out how to get up high in a good glassing area without disturbing those or any transition areas.

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Re: 1st timer-how to approach hunting area

Thanks for the reply Romey. I'm from Wisconsin so early scouting just isn't in the cards for me. I do plan on showing up in CO 8 days before the opener so I will have some time to take a few bonsai trips into potential areas. I'll most likely just end up stumbling around up high until I hopefully find a pocket of deer.....just thought I'd see how others approach areas that they haven't been into before.

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Re: 1st timer-how to approach hunting area

I think your route is the right idea if you were hiking straight in and glassing. However, I doubt you will find water up there for camping. I'd hike in up that main drainage towards the mouth of the basin near the dark timber, where there's likely good water. From there you'll be a little higher elevation, which will make future hikes easier. Also, you could get a decent viewpoint from one of those smaller ridges in the main basin. Another things is I like the potential for that mountain you wanted to hike to have deer on it, but you will have a tougher view of it if you were on the mountain.
Lastly, realize you don't necessarily need to be up high to glass, sometimes you can find a good vantage from lower elevations. But that won't work well in your area, timberline is too low. One of the great things about getting up high is you get a great view down into the stunted little trees at timberline that the bucks love.
Oh and be careful with skyling yourself when taking routes like yours.

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Re: 1st timer-how to approach hunting area

When ever I hunt a new area that I have no idea on what is going on I usually try and get high and do a lot of glassing the first day or two, and then depending on what I see make my dicisions after that. Or if you are in an area that you really can't glass very well then put on your walking shoes and head into the timber but walk through it slower than molasas in January and stop every couple of steps and look around for the eyes that are looking at you.

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Re: 1st timer-how to approach hunting area

Thanks for the reply's fellas, I sure appreciate your suggestions.

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