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What's your favorite hunting terrain

For me I love to glass and still hunt the rolling oakbrush hillsides at around 6,000+ feet. Trying to pick out the slight movement or piece of a deer in the thick brush is great.

Other areas are fine also but I always head to the oakbrush first.

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Even though you cannot see a

Even though you cannot see a great distance I really like getting in the timber with them...rtry to sneak in on them in the comfort so just has a great adreniline rush!  With that being said I may switch it up a bit this year and hunt a little more wide open area....we will see how it goes.  My Dad id getting up there and I want him to have a little easier time getting around.

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i've got to hand it to you

i've got to hand it to you because, I HATE HUNTING BRUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i even get a little violent about it from time to time.

 

i grew up in ohio, hunted brush for most of my childhood, i just LOVE the wide open country where i can spend countless hours behind a spotting scope.

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To tell you the truth I don't

To tell you the truth I don't really know if I have a favorite hunting terrain I seam to manage and adapt in what ever I end up hunting in.  I have always been the type of hunter that if it requires for you to head into the oak brush or cedars then that is where I head.  You just have to be adaptable.  It is a lot like when I head to Arizona in the spring for javelina.  I have hunted them in the flat desert with very little to hide behind to the rolling hills where you can get up high and spot and stalk them.  I have also chased elk from everything from dark timber through the aspens and into the thick oak brush.  The same with deer, you just need to go where they are at if you want to be successful. 

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I suppose for me it is the

I suppose for me it is the NEW! When I try new areas and terrain. Learning about places I never expected or even thought about, and finding that they are holding treasures! ...right now, I am into the desert type terrains!

Been spying some monsters about! So save them for me boys!
Looking to apply for tags in the middle of nowhere!

Here is a liitle oasis in the middle of rocks and cactus!

So what are everyone's plans for the draw this year?

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You mean that you haven't put

You mean that you haven't put in yet? 

For Colorado I am headed antelope huning in unit 41, for deer it all depends on how lucky I am on my 2, 3, 4 choices.  First was another point, second was archery in unit 44, third was muzzleloader in unit 444, and my fall back for fourth is archery in 444.  For elk I'll have a either sex archery, and then a cow tag for unit 44.  I don't even think about the moose, mountain goats, or sheep in this state, I just apply for them in hopes that I will draw. 

For Utah I'll have a southern deer tag for the general season and put in for a point on the LE hunts for deer since that would of screwed up my Colorado antelope hunt.  I also put in for antelope, moose, mountain goat, LE elk, and bison. 

Arizona got some of my money for elk, and antelope and I have to wait until June to put in for deer down there. 

Wyoming I put in for both elk and deer. 

So with my credit card smoking I put it in the freezer to cool off some and crossed my fingers and just have to wait to see what pops up for tags. 

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Many different types !

I have always enjoyed hunting from the oakbrush down, but my favorite always has been the pinion and junipers. Walking through big flats of cactus and chasing those big elk and mulies. Yes

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I got my turkey app in...does

I got my turkey app in...does that count? LOL!

Unfortunately, I had a very tough fight with a kidney stone from hell that really tore-up my kidney and I was out of work for two weeks! ...so now with very little vacation AGAIN this year, I am trying to weigh my choices very carefully! ...so like last year, I might be doing a bunch of weekender hunts!Confused

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My most unsuccessful hunt produced my favorite terrain.

I was warned multiple times not to hunt Sitka Blacktail Deer in September on Kodiak Island.  Shooting them on the shoreline in December did not seem very appealing to me so I stuck to my hard headed ways.

Without shear luck it is nearly, but not totally impossible to hunt Kodiak when it is full of thick lush greenery.  It is not called the Emerald Island for nothing.  Trying to spot and stalk Sitka Blacktails on foot gets you soaked from head to foot in brush that is ofter over your head.  The non stop fear of the haven for 9 Foot plus Brown Bears doesn't help matters either.  Every vantage point I was able to find produced a viewing of Kodiak Bears and in two occasions they were following my paths through the brush.

Once on top of Kodiak in September, locating Sitka Blacktails in like any Mountain Goat, Sheep or Spot/Stalk Western Mountain Muley Hunt.  The terrain is nasty and the fear of harvest a deer and getting it down in Bear Country is a rush in itself.  However, beyond the terrain I was blessed on a week long trip with perfect weather and could view Deer, Mountain Goats, Brown Bear and WHALES from the same vantage point above Larsen Bay.  I was unable to get a clear shot on the 5 x 4 or 4 x 4 that I wanted, but I will be back and can't wait to hunt that Island Terrain again.

I am actually taking my whole family fishing there at Larsen Bay Lodge again this summer and hope to plan out another hunt.

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So far I havnt faoun a

So far I havnt found a terrain that I would say I dont like to hunt, but my favorite for deer is the dessert sandhills. You can have one just pop out of a mesquite at 30 yards or spot him at a mile away and put a good stalk on him just dont get no better. Elk I like whatever country I can find them in.

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I have hunted

I have hunted elk in Idaho,new Mexico,Colorado, and I think I actually like the new Mexico terrain the best. My profile picture is a bull I took in the gilas 4years back. I have to say that I like the challenging terrain in Colorado though. The harder it is to reach and harvest an animal I tend to enjoy the success a little better. I guess i love to elk hunt and fly fish more than any of my other bad hunting habits cause if it holds elk or trout it will always be beautiful country.

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