With Deer Season fast approaching, for me, and being that I only have four days to hunt the elusive "Grey Ghost" I thought yesterday would be a good day to get out and try to do some scouting.
The area I'm hunting was burned in a wildfire this summer, but with the summer rains has come back with more grass than I've ever seen before for this part of the country. Maybe we need a fire every year before the rains? Being that the Fire Post Lookout that I had planned to camp at was burned to the ground my plans of camping were shot to heck. I was going to camp alone but the area is a high drug and illegal alien traffic area so that rules out that possibility since I like remaining vertical and breathing.
I hired a Guide for this trip to help me get the lay of the land and some local information that I didn't think I could get on my own. In our day together I learned a lot about deer, local access to areas, and routes to likely spots. My map and brain are a lot more full than they were before yesterday. I'd been out there once before already, by myself, but missed a lot of things that he took the time to show me.
By the time the sun came up we were on a ridge and glassing. We didn't turn up any deer on that ridge and decided to relocate to another area. By the time we got to the truck it was starting to warm up, and the deer were starting to bed down. We managed to jump two does on the way to the second area. I was enthused by thier size and weight. One was really heavy and the other was about average. Looking through the thickets we were unable to locate any bucks in the second area using long range glassing and tripods. So back to the truck and on to another spot.
I learned the locations of some waterholes and roads that aren't all on my maps. It also helped to have roads pointed out in relation to the map. After checking two more areas we went to a transition zone for Mulies and Whitetails. If I don't get anything by my last day of hunting I found a likely spot for Whitetails. In getting to that area we managed to trip a Border Patrol sensor. It was obvious what we were, and we weren't even approached by the Border Patrol Agent.
Getting to know the area you're hunting is important and being that nobody I knew had the day off yesterday, that really knew the area, I thought it prudent to use the services of a qualified professional. Maybe I could've learned it all by myself, but it would've taken more time than I'm willing to donate to learning. I figure this helps to shorten my learning curve and gives me a "crash course" on what I need to know.
I'll probably go out once more before my season starts. It's a big hunting unit and there's oviously deer there. The good thing is I've got an early hunt so hopefully the deer won't be too stirred up when my season rolls around.