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Winter Scouting
Kansas
Contributors to this thread:
Trebarker 05-Feb-21
Trebarker 05-Feb-21
sitO 05-Feb-21
be still 05-Feb-21
Chief 05-Feb-21
ksq232 06-Feb-21
Trebarker 06-Feb-21
sitO 06-Feb-21
be still 06-Feb-21
One Arrow 06-Feb-21
Trebarker 06-Feb-21
KB 06-Feb-21
sitO 06-Feb-21
Trebarker 06-Feb-21
ksq232 06-Feb-21
Trebarker 06-Feb-21
Thornton 07-Feb-21
One Arrow 07-Feb-21
From: Trebarker
05-Feb-21

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One of my 2020 target bucks with one side shed
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One of my 2020 target bucks with one side shed
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A few days later with both sides gone
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A few days later with both sides gone
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Still with both
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Still with both
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With the fawn that was coming in
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With the fawn that was coming in
February and March are great times to do some scouting, shed hunting, limb trimming, stand moving, stand repairs etc. I hope that you are taking advantage of the mild weather where you hunt to do this.

I went to my primary hunting spot today to do some of that. With the snow and much colder weather predicted for the next week, I wanted to check my cameras, put in new batteries where needed, look things over in the timber while it was nice today. With the rain last week, I knew it would be too muddy to do much else tree trimming wise. I have three stands that need some maintenance, they also need to be moved to different locations. I have a bunch of downed trees that need cleaned up as well.

The heavily used trails, stream crossings, and bedding areas are easily seen this time of year. I had hoped to locate new sites for the stands based on what I saw today, and to make a plan for future work needed there. I found two trails that I suspected were there, being heavily used, that explained why I hadn't been getting a lot of pictures on my cameras. Both trails took deer around my current stand sites, camera locations. It was very obvious to me that the trails were blazed to avoid those sites, to go around them a safe distance, putting themselves behind the cover from trees and brush. One very heavily used trail, just to the West of my South stand, paralleled the creek down by the water, below the creek bank where I would not have been able to see them walking by.

I didn't take my handheld camera along today, nor did I take any pictures with my phone of what I found. I didn't find any sheds where I walked today, rarely do there. I avoid the known bedding areas all year, did not enter those areas nor walk the trails leading to them. Here are a few pictures from the trail cameras. I had not checked the cameras for about a month, there were about 1000 pictures taken, only about 200 showed wildlife. It appears there was a doe in estrous there Jan 27th-30th, only days bucks were caught on camera.

From: Trebarker
05-Feb-21

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Scent checking
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Scent checking
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Dink on the hunt
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Dink on the hunt
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When does are telling fawns they are on their own
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When does are telling fawns they are on their own
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Three bucks together during the time I think a doe was getting hot
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Three bucks together during the time I think a doe was getting hot

From: sitO
05-Feb-21

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I pulled a bunch of cards a couple days ago too Randy, nice to see a couple of the ones I was chasing made it through. I didn't find and sheds either but it won't be long!

Caught a goofy buddy on this cam, and the buck I had at 10yds towards the end of the season...thought he was gone, but I should probably leave the thinkin to others ;?)

From: be still
05-Feb-21
Cool pics Randy and You never disappoint on your videos Kyle. Sure looked like that bobcat was thinking he might could clear that creek before he thought better of it. And on that last pic Kyle surely that is branches of the brush behind that lines up perfectly with his tines. If not and he’s that tall I want to shoot him...promise I won’t use corn.

From: Chief
05-Feb-21
Kyle, that last picture is beautiful. Content, coloring, clarity, it has it all. It would make a very nice print for your wall. It almost looks like a print. It looks like a creek crossing you have posted a few times with some respectable antlers in the pic. I would be sitting that spot several times a year when everything was just right. Good luck getting him If he sticks around. :)

From: ksq232
06-Feb-21
Really nice bucks guys! I wish we had something similar in late winter pics. It was a tough year on our property, the surrounding pressure took a toll. Fortunately, we hunt other property of friends as well and there were a couple nice bucks running around; no giants, but it doesn’t take a giant to keep us happy. That being said, I’m going to hit some state ground next year to diversify a little more, and give our other spots a little bit of a break. My winter scouting will begin next week on some of those select public spots.

From: Trebarker
06-Feb-21
Yea that last picture Kyle, wow! Loved the muscled up bobcat in the video too.

From: sitO
06-Feb-21

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He's a unique buck for sure, thought he'd been killed by the cornholers N or S of this property but he made it. I picked him up here on the 30th of Dec, and guess where I was that day? On the other side of the property hunting a different area. Can't wait to see what he turns into next year!

Similar story on the cat Randy...I sat a stand calling for predators 30yds from that camera about an hour after he passed through, but I guess he'd already moved on or to bed?

From: be still
06-Feb-21
Gosh dang he’s got a good frame.

From: One Arrow
06-Feb-21
Have to say I appreciate your willingness to share. Most, me included, wouldn’t share pics of a couple of those bucks. But, it needs to be said, I am a little crazy

From: Trebarker
06-Feb-21
LOL, I don't share all of the pictures I get. If I am hunting one exclusively, one that is a rare sight to begin with, those deer are only shared publicly once I get one with me holding onto their horns AFTER killing them.

From: KB
06-Feb-21
Beauty Kyle! Always loved those reddish/blonde colored bucks. I’ve got one on the wall and put a lot of time in on another one year. Hope you get him before the pilers.

From: sitO
06-Feb-21
Just a deer, they'll make more

From: Trebarker
06-Feb-21

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From: ksq232
06-Feb-21

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We had one like that once upon a time Kyle; hopefully you can catch up with yours, we never did.

From: Trebarker
06-Feb-21

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Hunted this beast exclusively for four years, I didn't share pictures of him until he stopped coming around, stopped being seen by me and a landowner that was also hunting him during the firearm seasons. No one would admit to finding his sheds or shooting him.

From: Thornton
07-Feb-21

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Had an interesting encounter this evening. The dogs and I sneaked up behind my pond to see if there were geese on it. As we stepped up on the dam, I looked over to the timber and counted about 8 young bucks looking back. All but one ran off. Several had one side missing, including this one. He was fixated on the dogs and actually ran toward us. My snow camo must have been working really good because he finally saw me and ran off after he got to about 80 yards.

From: One Arrow
07-Feb-21
That was a whopper Randy. I’ve had one or two over the years just drop off the radar for no reason.

I can’t, or should I say won’t, even share pics (on social media) after I kill a buck. I’ll gladly show them and I love to tell the story.

08-Feb-21
Nice pictures and videos guys!

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