Deer Bedding

watsy

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I'm brand new to hunting and have been scouting my ass off since May. Yesterday I found a game trail that I followed into a small clearing (about 2.5 acres) of yellow grass, some dead fall, on a ridgeline over a creek. It is hard to move around in the Southern California Mountain Sahel so finding a game trail was nice, hearing water was great, and so was seeing a clearing of any kind was exciting. I didn't see any deer sign or sign from other animals except the game trail but it did smell like a barn. It smelled like barn animals for sure. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
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Horto619

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Most likely cows you're smelling and might be an area used for grazing..But if there's water nearby it wouldn't hurt to setup a trail cam and see what's walking around out there. Might want to wait until the NF forest open back up tho..
 
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MJB

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Keep exploring the area, everything that walks leaves a track, so clean the trail as you go but leave your footprint that way you have a time stamp using your track to compare to fresh tracks.
Look for scat around the scrub oaks with acorns on them. You can also see the chewed bush ends and find scat.
Hit the shoreline and look for tracks.

Deer do smell like livestock but it's usually in pockets while hiking not a continual smell.

Good luck
 

watsy

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Most likely cows you're smelling and might be an area used for grazing..But if there's water nearby it wouldn't hurt to setup a trail cam and see what's walking around out there. Might want to wait until the NF forest open back up tho..
Thanks for the guidance. Trail camera was put up, and hopefully someday I'll get to go back in and look at what it grabbed. The order to close the forest came in about 5 hours after I got back to my truck.
 
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watsy

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Get to a high vantage point before sunrise sit down and glass for a few hours at first light. Glassing kills animals.
Done and done. There are deer in this general area as I've seen them when I glass. The particular area of which I'm speaking is obstructed from glassing.
 

Horto619

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Thanks for the guidance. Trail camera was put up, and hopefully someday I'll get to go back in and look at what it grabbed. The order to close the forest came in about 5 hours after I got back to my truck.
Happened to me last season when they shut it down for the fires..cams got to soak for almost 2 months. Hopefully you get some good stuff on your cam.
 

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Have 5 cameras i can't even get too. Same thing last year. Let them soak. Sucks i already know whats in my area.... Nothing i can do about it... By the time they decide to open up again... Ill be in another state......will hope to be able hunt when i get back...... Good luck to all....
 
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SurfNHuntSD

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The deer beds I find usually have all the tell tale signs.. matted down grass, scat and piss smell nearby, animal musk smell, and sometimes a shed nearby. Find the entry/exit points and ut up cams to see what you find.
 
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