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Location: Shapleigh and Caribou ,Maine
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Tracking in Snow

I am wondering how many people live to track deer in the snow and how early do you have to get up to get on a really fresh track . and do you get on that track at dark with your gun unloaded with your head lamp on.

Has anyone continuesly seen big Deer do repetitative behavior when it snows. I understand to look to the Hemlocks where there maybe cover, but I'm looking for more. Thank everyone....
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Tracking in Snow

Hi Turbo, tracking deer in snow is my second favorite thing to do. As far as getting up early I have been finding it is not necessary. As a mater of fact sometimes when you start to early you miss some tracks . Come November the bucks are moving all the time and when you cover an area real early a buck may travel in behind you.
Late in the season they may be in the hemlocks but early to mid November the big bucks are on the move looking for does.
Find a buck track and stick with it . It doesn't get any better than that! Yes
PS ; Fishing is not my favorite thing to do.

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I will take that into consideration for sure. ADK Jim
Something that also has crossed my mind is..........

Does a Dominant Buck refresh his rub LINE when it stops snowing or is it like when it rains that a Dom' Buck refreshes his rub LINE during a light rain .....

Snow doesn't really wash a bucks scent off a RUB..? unless a wet snow !

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I really don't think the weather makes that much of a difference. He may be with a hot doe for a while then makes his rounds again no matter what the weather is. If he keeps finding another hot doe he may not be back for quite some time.

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WELL SAID ,

I have tracked only a limited amount of times. But have taken great notes.

If you take the Hot Doe out of the picture in the morning and you find a Heavy Buck dragging his hoofs in say 4in. of snow and that deer is showing a yellow stain in his print when standing doing a wind check.... would that dorsal gland be causing the stain ? I think so......would it be a sign he is on a Hot Doe or in Full Rut.... ? looking for a indicator well tracking him.....

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when i start my tracking i normal start if i can, on the down wind side of a wood lot, now i know that's not always possible, but if your hunting farm land and you have woodlots surrounded by fields that buck is going to walk the down wind side to see if he can smell a hot doe in that in that wood lot. bucks will normally do this pretty consistently.

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What I have done in the past ....... is take 1 other person with me if possible and have one guy on the track and 1 person to my flank from there the guy on the track can concentrate on the track and step up the pursuit when possible. well the other hunter can be looking for a circling deer.
I try to get the deer to start jumping, that is my indicator I am on him and getting close.
I also try and have another hunter stand on a tote road up wind well away from where the deer may cross. But i have found that deer do not like to cross roads , knowing they are being tracked unless they are forced. they have circled me 2-3 times before crossing a tote road.

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Jbw wrote:
when i start my tracking i normal start if i can, on the down wind side of a wood lot, now i know that's not always possible, but if your hunting farm land and you have woodlots surrounded by fields that buck is going to walk the down wind side to see if he can smell a hot doe in that in that wood lot. bucks will normally do this pretty consistently.

That comment is very useful thank you I am able to use that when I hunt up Maine in the potato fields in Aroostook County... going up there next week ..

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