Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Schmidt

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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby wmihunter » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:12 am

On my iphone the audio plays for a minute or two then it goes back to the beginning. Anyone else have this issue?

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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby ZSV » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:20 am

Happened to me too. I kept trying and after a few tries it eventually worked...not sure what I did though, didn't do anything different...
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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby Justin85 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:25 am

Don't click the blue link. Press what little bit of the play button, above it, that is showing.

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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby Stanley » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:54 am

ZSV wrote:Happened to me too. I kept trying and after a few tries it eventually worked...not sure what I did though, didn't do anything different...

It might take some time to load the whole thing. It does on my computer.
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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby Stanley » Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:09 am

I listened to you pod cast and was wondering if I could ask a few questions? On the river bottoms that u have hunted are these larger deeper rivers ? I am hunting smaller swallow rivers and have deer cross back and forth all the time. When hunting a shallow river would you still use the same tactics where u use the horseshoe point as a funnel or would u do any specific changes in your set up?


I was asked this question via PM. It is a great question. I thought I would share with those interested.


The river I talked about on the podcast is about 50-75 yards wide. It is about 4-10 feet deep. It does matter the size and depth of the river. The bigger the river the better the barrier. If the river you hunt is only 18 inches deep and 25 yards wide that is no obstacle for a buck/deer. I hunt smaller creeks and the deer cross these much much more.

The thing about hunting creeks and rivers, there are way more deer in the surrounding timbers than in the rivers and creeks. If you can find areas where the deer do cross a creek or river, it can be a great spot to set up on. Quite/most often the deer will cross at a shallow spot and traverse through shallow spots. This would be like an oxbow to oxbow. Another thing to look for is a wide spot in a creek or river, these are almost always shallower than narrow spots. :think:

Or if you can find a shallow spot after a deep stretch. As for hunting a bend in a creek or shallow river. I would absolutely hunt the bend the same for both big and small rivers. It may not be as good on a smaller river but it will still be good. It's kind of like a road, deer will cross a road but it is also a barrier. :think:


This is a good example of a small creek 20 yards wide 2 feet deep. The deer can cross it anywhere, but there will be way more deer traffic where the blue arrows are than in the red circled barrier. This would be a good place to set up, by my thinking.

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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby johndeere506 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:45 am

Thanks for the detailed pics and description Stanley. Im about to listen to it now. I like hunting setups like this, they are the first things I learned to do when trying to improve my skills. I always have more to learn.

When hunting public spots that have these features, do you see much more hunter sign? Im assuming with online mapping, these spots will be found and hunted more.

Ive been surprised many times this year on where Ive found sign of hunters previouslly (MI public).
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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby Stanley » Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:46 am

johndeere506 wrote:Thanks for the detailed pics and description Stanley. Im about to listen to it now. I like hunting setups like this, they are the first things I learned to do when trying to improve my skills. I always have more to learn.

When hunting public spots that have these features, do you see much more hunter sign? Im assuming with online mapping, these spots will be found and hunted more.

Ive been surprised many times this year on where Ive found sign of hunters previouslly (MI public).

I have done some river bottom hunting on public ground. Normally The spots I hunt are the farthest way from the parking lot. So I would see very few signs of other hunters unless they came in by boat. Most guys would not hunt by boat.
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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby bulldawgfan007 » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:52 am

Heck yeh Stanley! Another informative podcast.
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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby BigCedarJack » Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:34 pm

Great Job Stanley! Thanks for the follow-through on the forum as well!
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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby woody-san » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:13 pm

Great podcast! Thanks Stan and Mario!

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Postby DeerDylan » Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:25 pm

Thanks for another podcast Mario and Stanley. This site and the people who frequent it are awesome and wealthes of information.

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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby yungbuck » Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:01 pm

Heck of a guy that Stanley

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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby Hawthorne » Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:40 am

Thanks Stanley! Great info

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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby jmaas07 » Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:14 am

Stan, in the podcast you mentioned how you hunt the inside and dan hunts the outside...in your aerial markups to me it looks like your hunting the outside...could you clear up my confusion? I'm also wondering how dan goes about this differently than you just for more perspective on the river bottom topic

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Re: Episode #3 - River Bottoms and Woodlots with Stanley Sch

Postby dan » Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:26 am

jmaas07 wrote:Stan, in the podcast you mentioned how you hunt the inside and dan hunts the outside...in your aerial markups to me it looks like your hunting the outside...could you clear up my confusion? I'm also wondering how dan goes about this differently than you just for more perspective on the river bottom topic

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When I hunt the inside, I am hunting bedding, when stan hunts the outside he is hunting a funnel... I have seen some really good bucks move around the outside as Stan describes too...

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