2012 Season

During early spring I got out in the woods to scout a few new areas for the upcoming season. I went into an area my cousin was familiar with so we could try to find some sign worth our attention when the leaves come down in the fall.

As we tramped through the woods I really liked the terrain. It had many of the necessary things that are needed for big bucks to feel comfortable. I found a lot of small swamps, rolling knobs and funnels between breaks in the landscape. The more I searched the more disappointed I became with the lack of buck sign.

When I decided I had enough for the day I noticed something that resembled an old signpost rub. As I got closer I saw that it was a signpost tree. Although it hadn’t been used regularly in a few years it did have some tine marks in it from the previous season.

Upon further research I found quite a few scrapes in the surrounding area and a few more pretty good size rubs. Then I found the most impressive rub I’ve ever seen in the Adirondacks.

When I got home I noted everything I found. I returned three more times before I went in for shoulder surgery in early May. Now, I’m hoping to recover in time to enjoy a full hunting season. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some cameras out as I begin to feel better and become more mobile.

Here are a few pictures of the buck sign I found during my scouting trips back in the spring.

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