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Hey guys, this is really my first time using your site, and I would like to ask some questions if that is ok. My dad and I just recently got a free lease on some mountain property in North Carolina. There is 250 acres overall, and there is 2 sections

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  • Kody
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    Hunt is life, in the future please share some of your outings on the forum. I guarantee you will have a attentive audience for your stories. It gives some of us older guys a chance to live vicariously on your hunts and adventures. Thanks
    Kody

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  • Kody
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    Hunt is Life, your post is much more than simple questions and answer. I enjoyed it because your excitement over the possibilities and the experiences to follow is evident. It sponsored some memories for me as I read. Anyone who has had similar opportunities shares your enthusiasm, whether your 15 or 50 it is going to be fun. Enjoy these times with your father, someday you will look back upon the experiences you share with him with the greatest of pleasure. There are so many experiences that one forgets in the course of a lifetime; but, I remember hunts with my father as if it was yesterday. Priceless stuff!

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  • 4everAutumn
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    Great suggestions from everybody. The first thing I would do is get out and check it out on foot. You should be able to find signs of animals that are there and set up a plan based on what you see.

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  • huntfishtrap
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    First off, you should start slow, and make sure you have fun. Contrary to what you see on TV, you don't need bait or food plots to be a successful deer hunter. Concentrate on finding where the deer bed, feed, and their travel routes in between, and you'll find the good hunting spots. Deer hunting at its most basic level really is that simple. And one other thing - if there is some other hunting pressure in the area, find out where the other guys don't go, and you'll usually find deer.

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  • jhjimbo
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    Some things you may learn now are subject to change when hunting season starts, especially if there is any pressure.
    Do you know the others that have permission? You might get some info from them. Find out where they hunt so you will not infringe on their area.
    If the landlord likes game be sure to share some with him.
    Go slow, and good luck. Let us know how you do.

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  • DSMbirddog
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    Good tip from JM on the aerial photos. You might also check on topographic maps for the area with the USGS. I don't know that this is the best time to be scouting for deer. My suggestion would be to plan a couple weekends of camping on it in early fall to get the lay of the land. I've done some of my most productive scouting while carrying my 22 looking for squirrels at the same time. Bottom line for me is that I would want to get out and walk it.

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  • JM
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    How long is your lease for? Are the two sections separated by a road or something else? Have any crops been planting on the property before? Do you really need a food plot? Lots of questions to ask. I think a very common mistake people make is rushing their decisions and making a mistake/regretting it soon after. Developing a property takes time. Something you can do from home is print out an aerial map of the property on google earth and start "customizing" it. Mark down where certain landmarks are such as ponds, a fence line, ridges, deer trails, etc.

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  • Hey guys, this is really my first time using your site, and I would like to ask some questions if that is ok. My dad and I just recently got a free lease on some mountain property in North Carolina. There is 250 acres overall, and there is 2 sections

    Hey guys, this is really my first time using your site, and I would like to ask some questions if that is ok. My dad and I just recently got a free lease on some mountain property in North Carolina. There is 250 acres overall, and there is 2 sections. One is 80 acres and the other area is the rest. We live 2 1/2 hours away, and this is my main problem. We will not be able to go check things every day or even every week. The bigger section is on a river, and I think it is mostly wooded with some fields. 2 other guys hunt it also. I can either put out corn, or make some food plots (with cameras over them). I am confident there are deer there too. I have not been to the property personally yet, but the other people have told me there are tons of deer. I am just looking for some advice form people who have done this type of thing before. I have hunted deer since I was 10 ( I am 15 ) and I know lots of things about it but I have never hunted a property this size before. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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