E-Scouting - ATV Trails in the Marsh

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E-Scouting - ATV Trails in the Marsh

Unread postby nsmith253 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:13 am

Have been doing some plotting and planning for winter and spring scouting. I'm looking at some large 10k+ acre typical upper-Midwest public cattail marsh areas with hardwood edges, points, and islands. Looking at the Google Earth imagery and going back to historical photos for some of the larger islands I thought were remote and I'm seeing what appears to be 4 wheeler trails coming from the main land out past some of the islands. I haven't hunted marshes of this size before so this is new to me, do people really drive their wheelers through the marsh? There's still plenty of visible trails coming off the islands in the normal spots. Wondering if I should write these spots off or just wondering how to interpret.

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Unread postby MNarrow » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:49 am

I've been noticing this too when e-scouting and was puzzled if people can/do ride ATVs through a cattail marsh??
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Unread postby MNarrow » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:55 am

And I just now realized that we were looking at the same island lol..................
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Unread postby MNarrow » Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:01 am

It almost looks like it was just a one time ride.......the tracks are so clean that it doesn't look like an often used trail......should be way more beat up than that if used often.
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Unread postby nsmith253 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:03 am

MNarrow wrote:And I just now realized that we were looking at the same island lol..................


:shock: :shock: :shock: Could be! Meet me there February 19th at high noon to find out!

Yeah I agree it doesn't look too well used, just curious what others with more experience than me have to say. At a minimum it would seem certain times of year it's quite a bit drier than I thought.
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Re: E-Scouting - ATV Trails in the Marsh

Unread postby MNarrow » Thu Nov 25, 2021 7:06 am

nsmith253 wrote:
MNarrow wrote:And I just now realized that we were looking at the same island lol..................


:shock: :shock: :shock: Could be! Meet me there February 19th at high noon to find out!

Yeah I agree it doesn't look too well used, just curious what others with more experience than me have to say. At a minimum it would seem certain times of year it's quite a bit drier than I thought.

Haha, yep it's the same one.........big wet hole to the southeast of that island.

If I remember correctly when looking at the desktop Google Earth Pro there definitely used to be some kind of ATV trails on this piece years/decades ago.
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Unread postby nsmith253 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:04 am

MNarrow wrote:Haha, yep it's the same one


You wanna drop the name of the property and turn-by-turn directions for everyone to be safe? Jeez, help a guy out here! :lol: Kidding. If it is the same spot it's about a 3/10 and just being used to illustrate the question.
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Unread postby MNarrow » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:13 am

nsmith253 wrote:
MNarrow wrote:Haha, yep it's the same one


You wanna drop the name of the property and turn-by-turn directions for everyone to be safe? Jeez, help a guy out here! :lol: Kidding. If it is the same spot it's about a 3/10 and just being used to illustrate the question.

I'm new to this but curious why you say 3/10?
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Unread postby nsmith253 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:32 am

I'll PM ya, want to keep this thread specific to the original question
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Re: E-Scouting - ATV Trails in the Marsh

Unread postby Dewey » Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:43 am

I have seen that locally. In the winter atv/utv are used on the ice when doing prescribed burns in certain areas. This packs the cattails or marsh grass down and it shows up on aerials for a long time after. Also airboats leave some really weird trails in remote areas. Easy enough to see because they come off of large pools in the marsh where they access from. No idea about that marsh just telling you what I see here.


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