Tips on where to Deer hunt in San Diego. I've scouted Hauser Canyon but I'm not sure it's logistically feasible given that I'll be hunting by myself. This will be my first year deer hunting so any tips would be greatly appreciated!
Greg....... Wow, Hauser? You're right, that's a bit of a stretch, especially if you get one. Tough getting it out of there. Plus, be careful of the occasional group of illegals walking through there. However, there are deer there. Just curious, do you have a tag? All the tags for the upcoming season have been given out/sold. I assume that you do since you have been scouting. I have 2 tags, a buck and a doe tag.
Welcome, I have lived and hunted in San Diego for over 15 years. Get yourself a map of the Cleveland National Forest and start looking around. It's a huge area, spread all the way from the border up into Riverside County. There are deer throughout the area, but also tons of hunters. The more successful people are the ones that get away from the roads, and have time to do some scouting ahead of time. Some areas to look would be Palomar Mountain, Eagle Peak/Boulder Creek Roads up near Pine Hills/Julian, and out near Kitchen Creek.
Best of luck. If you have any more specific questions, let me know.
CA_Vermonster ... Thanks for the reply. I did purchase tags this summer. This will be my first year deer hunting so I'm mainly hoping to gain experience if anything for this first year. I took your advice and purchased the Topo map of Cleveland NF sold at the RB office. I'll pour through the areas that you mentioned and make a selection.
With that in mind, I have the coming week off. Would you pic one spot and hunt there several days? Or would you move to another location if a day or so doesn't yield anything.
Here is a tip that was passed along to me - and I have not tried it yet - but it looks (and smells) like it will work fine! The gentleman that gave it to me regards it as his secret weapon and he is a VERY successful hunter.
Get a fresh tarsal gland off of a decent buck - I think the ranker, the better. Taking them off of bucks that are hot in the rut seem to be the best because that is when the glands are the darkest and have the most "male buck" scent...
Take that gland and put it in a good,...