Honestly if you don’t scout that place every evening during the summer it’s tough. Trust that’s my home zone I live 10 minutes from the gate.
so my advise is either scout more and lower standards(if you have high ones) or pick another zone. It’s the worst zone in the whole state to hunt.
What about D11The problem isn’t a lack of hills to hunt, the problem is that those hills are covered in super thick chaparral that you can’t hike through. The one year I did hunt D15 i hunted a burn, once they open up the holy fire burn area it could be a decent area to hunt. Burn areas make D15 much easier to hunt because they clear out the super thick chaparral. In Gdog’s youtube vids he found some meadows and had some success, that’s another option you have is to find some meadows. I’m looking forward to checking out the holy fire burn to see if it has any potential.
I think if you backpacked into some of the higher peaks around mt baldy and cucamonga peak you might find some big bucks because most hunters probably hunt lower and it looks like some rough country where a buck could grow old.What about D11
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Wow, big difference!I live right up against CNF in D15 and been up there many times trying to hunt it, I get the allure of it but once your in there you literally can only see like a radius of 4’ around you at one time. Instead of hiking in an hour or two to find 200 square feet of open space now I drive an hour or two and hunt not far from the car. See alot more animals now and no people.
Here is what you will be looking at in 95% of it, take a shotgun or pistol for such close range.
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Drive a little bit and can get this
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See what I mean.
Awesome. Thanks!If you don’t have OnX use this link below, same thing pretty much except for not as mobile friendly but awesome on a lap/desktop, its free, and gives access to all 50 states. Head for yellow and green areas, change the layer so you can see the topo version of the map and/or satellite. You can print them also. I always leave a printed copy with my wife and she is like what does this even mean. I tell her just to give it to the police if I don’t Come home they will know how to read it so they can find me. Topo maps take a little getting used to but once you get a feel for them you can tell right away how steep or flat the land is from home, and they show you where the water is. Spend a few hours looking for some promising spots and then take a drive and go on a coyote hunt, if you have tags bring them along. When your out there take note of the animals, plants, and sign you see, will come in handy later when you want to target specific ones.
I can spend days on this tool, makes California seem small.
Blm Mapping System Link