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Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby Tree Jockey » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:31 pm

Curious about some of your different methods for finding trees you have picked to hunt in early spring while scouting and then finding them 6 months later when season starts . I am getting a list of quite a few spots in very large tracts of woods that i have never hunted before. Don't want to walk in a mile or 2 to that first tree and miss it by 50 yards an have to circle back around to find it. Usually pretty good at finding my trees but I'm going to have quite a few new spots on new ground. Do you mark them in some way or make maps with notes gps???


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Postby Jonny » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:32 pm

Gps gets me where I need to go every time. Next is a compass and the ole noggin
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby Dewey » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:36 pm

Memory and GPS. As I get older the GPS gets used more and more. The ole memory just ain’t what it used to be. :lol:
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby Tree Jockey » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:41 pm

Hahaha yea I must be getting old. I'm questioning rather I can do it all by memory the first time to the stand. Might be a sign to get my Garmin out more.
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby elk yinzer » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:42 pm

It can be quite an adventure in the mornings until I hunt it about 3 times then I am good unless it is foggy. Not so much finding the exact tree because gps is amazing for that, but navigating around laurel, rocks, and thick stuff without sounding like a herd of rhinos can be a challenge in the dark.
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby mainebowhunter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:59 pm

Google maps with my phone.
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby tgreeno » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:00 pm

Tree Jockey wrote:Curious about some of your different methods for finding trees you have picked to hunt in early spring while scouting and then finding them 6 months later when season starts . I am getting a list of quite a few spots in very large tracts of woods that i have never hunted before. Don't want to walk in a mile or 2 to that first tree and miss it by 50 yards an have to circle back around to find it. Usually pretty good at finding my trees but I'm going to have quite a few new spots on new ground. Do you mark them in some way or make maps with notes gps???


Walking around in the dark looking for your tree builds character :P . Did it many a time before GPS's or smartphones, or google earth. The good old days, when you had a compass and your woodsmanship to rely on. In 41 years of hunting, I just bought my first GPS a couple of weeks ago.

The short answer...GPS.
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby mainebowhunter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:46 pm

tgreeno wrote:
Tree Jockey wrote:Curious about some of your different methods for finding trees you have picked to hunt in early spring while scouting and then finding them 6 months later when season starts . I am getting a list of quite a few spots in very large tracts of woods that i have never hunted before. Don't want to walk in a mile or 2 to that first tree and miss it by 50 yards an have to circle back around to find it. Usually pretty good at finding my trees but I'm going to have quite a few new spots on new ground. Do you mark them in some way or make maps with notes gps???


Walking around in the dark looking for your tree builds character :P . Did it many a time before GPS's or smartphones, or google earth. The good old days, when you had a compass and your woodsmanship to rely on. In 41 years of hunting, I just bought my first GPS a couple of weeks ago.

The short answer...GPS.


I have done that one my fair share. THAT gives you confidence when you crawl up into the tree that you just walked 50-60 yards around it on ALL sides.
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby Ack » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:35 pm

HuntStand and Scoutlook on the phone, and occasionally I'll throw a tack in a morning tree.
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby Lopedog699 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:07 am

mainebowhunter wrote:Google maps with my phone.



Same here. I am gettin a gps though. In case my phone takes a crap
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby brancher147 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:06 am

I usually can find them no problem, but if I need help I mark them on my phone (Backcountry Navigator) and use it to navigate once I get close. Sometimes I will put a reflecting trail tack in a tree, but this has also led to people finding my spots, and in one case stealing my stuff. If I use trail tacks now I usually put them very low at ground level where most people will not notice them.
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby headgear » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:47 am

Basically memory. I have used my phone before just to pinpoint a general area on entrance but overall I think back to my scout of the area. A lot of times because of the wind I don't end up in the exact tree I picked, wind speed and angle can change things in a hurry so it doesn't hurt to be flexible.
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby ghoasthunter » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:00 am

mostly memory gps is to expensive and heavy foliage blocks satellites
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby wmahunter » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:18 am

gps and then spots get transferred to a kml so I can keep a history of them to remap in caltopo or google earth.
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Re: Remembering Big Woods stand locations??

Postby mainebowhunter » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:10 am

My GPS, what I did not like about it...was how long it took to update my direction. Maybe things are different now. My phone, when I turn, it moves. So I can get EXACT directions not ones that lag.

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