WARN Outdoors: Scouting for hunting sesason
Written: August 08, 2011
Time to get out in the brush where you will be hunting this fall and do some scouting, put up those trail cameras, and cut your easy access trails.
I'm Pat Meiwes, the NW Sales Manager for Warn Industries. Not only do I have a passion for off roading, but my favorite pastime is hunting. I am an avid archery hunter and at least 3-4 times a year I head to Eastern Oregon for some preseason scouting, to put up my trail cameras, and check to see what the animals are doing or if the terrain has changed.
Here in the Northwest, you never know what you may encounter out in the backcountry, and not having the right equipment along can make a trip a nightmare. The weather can change in a heartbeat: the temperature can drop instantly, and Mother Nature could dump snow or rain on you while you are out. When I head out to remote scouting areas, I make sure to "GO PREPARED" so I don't get stranded, and if I do get stuck, I can get out. Here is a list of the equipment I take when I go scouting:
This next area was at an elevation of about 6,500 feet, and there were snow drifts between 3 and 4 feet in shady spots. My brother has a stock Jeep JK Rubicon and got himself stuck in one of the snow drifts! Luckily, I was able to pull him out with my WARN 9.5xp winch
Now time to check camera (Tie Road Wallows location). For the 2010 season, my camera captured 2,800 pictures of 8 branch bulls and about 50 cows traveling through the area. I figured 2011 would be no different. Mother Nature had knocked down several big trees that needed to be cut with the chainsaw and moved out of the way first. When I was finally able to check on my camera, it was just as I figured: elk. Not quite as many as 2010, but I got some pictures of a cow and small bull. I know there are more there based on the tracks left on the trail. I cleared the pictures from the memory card and put the camera back up to be checked on later in August.
On to an area called the Amigo Ridge, where I put a third camera. I have seen some very nice bulls and several very nice mule deer bucks here. On the way in to put up my new camera, we saw two very nice 4 pts mule deer bucks, wide and tall, and knew once they shed the velvet from their horns, there was a good chance I might get a shot at one of them. The cameras will tell for sure.
Opening day cannot get here any sooner, and I am very excited for the upcoming season. I'll be heading back one more time to check on my cameras. Stay tuned for the results.
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