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Go Deep or Suburbs?

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Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by Spauldo on Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:02 pm

So in my state, as perhaps in most. There is a very low density in the larger tracks of land up north and they are selling cheap additional tags to hunt down in the suburbs where people are hitting deer because of the higher deer densities. I drive around thinking all the time about harvesting Smile a deer out of some wood lot in the suburbs (which is legal in my state). Do I even spend time on the ground in these wood lots or give up the day dream and realize how crafty those suburb deer are and seek out the less pressured populations in the big north woods?

your experiences?


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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by Cbigbear on Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:41 pm

Check out both & hunt the one with the most sign. I have kill deer in a 2 ac. wood strip with housing surrounding it. Matter of fact last Sat morning a hunted a stand and at 7:00 I was watching a guy drink coffee on his back porch and thinking what the heck am I doing hunting here. But at 8:00 I had 4 does feed by just out of range.

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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by Uncle Bob on Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:04 am

Cbigbear wrote:Check out both & hunt the one with the most sign. I have kill deer in a 2 ac. wood strip with housing surrounding it. Matter of fact last Sat morning a hunted a stand and at 7:00 I was watching a guy drink coffee on his back porch and thinking what the heck am I doing hunting here. But at 8:00 I had 4 does feed by just out of range.

A friend hunts in his girlfriends neighborhood right behind her house. He said right in her back yard. Last year he shot an 8 point and before he got down from his tree stand another 8 point was in range.

Years ago I found a public spot that was right next to the highway on one side and then surrounded by a river. There was soooooo much sign in that little piece of woods, I've never seen so much. There was deer droppings every where. Unfortunately someone found it first and I was too late. He shot a deer with one of those thread thingys in his arrow and the thread was all though the area and all the deer vanished. This reminds me I have to check that spot out again. Very Happy
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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by Spauldo on Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:19 pm

Thanks for the stories men. The small patches where I have seen lots of sign will be part of my hunting strategy for 2012. I will look deeper in of course, but last season I only had a few afternoons to hunt. Thanks again.
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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by Tiny52 on Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:11 pm

I have focused on the suburbs for years and IMO it doesn't get any better. I want to fill the freezer first and thats just why I focus my attention on the suburbs. I have taken some good Bucks in these area's as well

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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by Spauldo on Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:30 pm

Appreciate the post Tiny52. Freezer indeed.
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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by milspec on Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:33 pm

The city I just moved to just passed a bi-law to hunt within city limits because of the same problems. I don't live in the City though, but I do sure see a lot of deer wondering around busy intersections and in backyards. Maybe I should have moved into an upper appartment, beats setting up a tree stand lol.


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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by PineywoodsBow on Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:25 pm

I say hunt where the deer are...

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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by Kodiakk on Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:45 am

I see a couple of huge bucks everyday driving home to work next to a trash dumb. Really wish I could get a shot at them, but it's very illegal haha.

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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by Spauldo on Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:48 am

Right. I appreciate what Pineywoodsbow said. Hunt where they are:)
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Re: Go Deep or Suburbs?

Post by Posted Boy Gallego on Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:08 am

I think it depends on what you want to accomplish. For instance, as a NYC resident, if I want a huge buck, I can hunt Westchester or Long Island. However, my goal is to get out of the city as far away as I can. I feel like I am trapped here sometimes. Nothing beats the feeling of going in deep and high and not seeing a living soul for miles. I maneuver through a zoo of people in Manhattan daily so when I can get away, I want to get AWAY. Adirondacks suits me the best.

I think there is a huge difference between Suburb deer and Big Woods deer though. Big woods bucks do not tolerate humans in there area. Suburb deers maneuver around people and their scents/sounds daily.
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