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Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Joined: 07/14/2008
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...also new to the site from Indiana

I'm currently living in Fort Wayne, but I mostly hunt in the Avilla/LaOtto area in Noble County. I've done some hunting in Huntington and Mongo, but due to those areas being public hunting grounds, I've mostly only found a bunch of Rambo's running around in those places.

I have free roam of about 180 acres in Avilla that I enjoy hunting during bow season as well as shotgun. I've noticed that a majority of the bucks there are nocturnal, with the exception of the 9 pointer that my cousin bagged last year. We see does and fawns on a regular basis, but we still haven't found the trick to seeing bucks in the morning or evening.

We have a nice creek that runs through the entire woods, alotta vegetation in the woods and the woods has corn planted on the one side and alfalfa on another.

Any tips/suggestions on how to approach this years season???

Thanks in advance!

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Joined: 07/15/2008
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...also new to the site from Indiana

I live Northeast of Kendallville. I have the same problem, dang bucks are night owls. I have multiple private lands to hunt and its only the little bucks I see. Those big ones start poking out around 10pm according to the camera.

Mongo is not all that bad, well shotgun season is. I am a archery hunter only so the best time for Mongo is early archery. Do pre-scouting, and go deep. You will notice alot of the hunters are superficial hunters of the land. I was up there this past sunday, found some really nice places and saw a lot of deer. Boy when the sun tucked in man they sprung up. Ok, its early, but you have to track the deer all year. And its fun.

Sorry not much help, same problem I have.

Good Luck,

Matt

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Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Joined: 07/14/2008
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you are absolutely right

you're right about Mongo...late evening....seeing bucks is like "Whack-a-Mole". I don't get up to Mongo very often because it takes so long for me to get there, but nonetheless, it's always been a great time each time. I may have to just get off my arse this year and spend the extra gas money to get up there more often.

and speaking of trail cams....do you have a preferance of brand??? I have an inexpensive cam, 35mm and to be honest with you...i'm not real happy with it, but on the other hand i dont have a couple of hundred bucks to spend on the top-named cams.

any ideas about that???

thanks!

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...also new to the site from Indiana

I use a cheap walmart digital trail cam. Not that great. But gets the info I need, just need to get when the deer are moving. And if I actually get a pic of a big one, thats a bonus. I think it was $60 on sale. Like you said, dont have the $$$ to invest in the nice ones. I dont like the idea of a $300 cam straped to a tree that someone else might like to have.

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Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Joined: 07/14/2008
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i hear ya

yeah...i dont like the idea of putting up a cam that cost alot either..someone, i'm sure, will just walk away with it. I got mine at Dicks Sporting Goods for $40.00. I've had it for two years. I've gone threw about 12 rolls of film and the only thing that it's photographed were tresspassers, so i guess it's not been a total lost. we were able to prosecute, lol. No deer though....I'm always hoping so I keep putting it back into the woods.

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Location: Kingston, MI
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...also new to the site from Indiana

Personally, I'm not real big of trail cams, because they cause you to be in the woods disturbing everything. It's OK if your in an area with little or no hunting pressure. However, if you're hunting where the bucks are already nocturnal, you won't want to disturb anything.

I recommend using good, old fashioned, low impact scouting. You should also set up as close to their bedding areas as possible without spooking them.

You should already know where they bed and feed, but don't set up on the food source or field unless it's high grass CRP or corn. Set up in the woods and pay attention to wind direction to ensure those bucks can't smell you. I'm big on scent control, but I'm not yet completely convinced it works 100% of the time. Watch your entrance and exit routes to ensure you don't spook those wiley whitetails as well. You should also make sure that you don't overhunt a spot to the point that the deer pattern you.

Lastly, get in there and get your setup ready now, if you haven't already. You don't want to go in there scaring everything in the woods a day or 2 before the season......or even a week or 2. I might take it to an extreme, but I like having everything ready at least a couple of months ahead of time.

Hope this helps, and best of luck this fall.

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