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Please give me advise on this land!

Unread postby timberwolf311 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:10 am

I went out to Ohio and scouted Tar Hollow State Forest. This is some of the most unusual land I have ever scouted. The land was steep and tuff to navigate but not anything I haven’t done before. The unusual part was the ridge top. Once I would crest these ridges looking for saddles, the ridges were so narrow I could literally jump from one side to other and have covered the entire width of the ridge. The sides of these hill are so steep any trails you do find look like mountain goat trails lol. There have to sidehill, there is almost no walking up and down the hill side. You can navigate down the point a little easier and I did find 2 bucks beds. I honestly have no idea how to approach this land for rut movement.

Any help is appreciated. Map areas aren't specific as the entire 15k acres are the same topographically.
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Re: Please give me advice on this land!

Unread postby timberwolf311 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:33 am

timberwolf311 wrote:I went out to Ohio and scouted Tar Hollow State Forest. This is some of the most unusual land I have ever scouted. The land was steep and tuff to navigate but not anything I haven’t done before. The unusual part was the ridge top. Once I would crest these ridges looking for saddles, the ridges were so narrow I could literally jump from one side to other and have covered the entire width of the ridge. The sides of these hill are so steep any trails you do find look like mountain goat trails lol. There have to sidehill, there is almost no walking up and down the hill side. You can navigate down the point a little easier and I did find 2 bucks beds. I honestly have no idea how to approach this land for rut movement.

Any help is appreciated. Map areas aren't specific as the entire 15k acres are the same topographically.



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Re: Please give me advise on this land!

Unread postby brancher147 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:09 pm

Upper 1/3 military crest, upper 1/3 benches connecting bedding, high hubs, and low thermal hubs, head of a steep hollow or benches that run above multiple steep hollows. Saddles are always hit or miss in this type terrain. Some people would say leeward ridges, but I don't really go by that alone.
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Re: Please give me advise on this land!

Unread postby may21581 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:24 pm

Those hills are nothing for deer to navigate. Where I hunt in ohio the terrain is very similiar in areas. Follow your basic bedding and travel principals.thick on top, predominant wind direction, a commanding view, hubs, saddles, food destination, bedding areas. I also found that alot of the time they will drop down in the evenings to hit a water source before moving on to their destinations.
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Re: Please give me advise on this land!

Unread postby Evanszach7 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:39 pm

I hunt similar terrain in Ohio. If you're targeting the rut, find the food and likely doe bedding (clearcuts or bordering private ag/foodplots). Setup in between on connecring benches. Expect bedded deer to monitor the access trails there. Use the 1st day of a multiday hunt to walk the ridges and saddles to look for deer and hunter sign. In my experience the up top deer sign will be mostly laid at night. Cruise the parking lots to see where the pressure is.

Most guys want to go deep and will key in on the biggest chunks between hiking trails and parking. Youd be best off to tie in the above factors and find a spot where you can park, walk up a road, and not go in too far. Deer will cross roads.

You probably want to remove these maps from this post too. Lots of nonmembers looking to hunt there this fall will probably find those with a google search.

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