Bob- could I have an aerial photo to carry with me during the land tour?
I have asked you this before, but are there any other features in the reed canary? Areas of shorter grass, elevated ditch bank,etc,
You have pointed some things out before and I have kept them in mind.
Bob is there a huntable bottleneck just northeast of the neighbor's driveway? Not stu's place, but the other place. Your woods narrows there. You would be close to the road.
Nice looking place. Stu's ground is on the opposite side of the road (just curious)?
If that elk fence runs anywhere close the property line at all, take advantage of it! The big thing that jumps out at me is stand access. I warn you that I could be WAY off on this, as just a glance at an image one can't zoom in on isn't enough to base any firm conclusions on, just slightly educated guesses, and that may being a bit generous. That said, hope I don't offend, but my knee jerk reaction was high impact stands, bad access and/or departure. The two white dots appear to be in promising locations, but how does one get in and out without spooking deer? One the one hand, I know the area doesn't have a lot of deer, which makes that easier in a way, but also even more critical not to spook the few deer you have.
IF my knee jerk reaction is correct, I'd leave those stands up, but also make them last resort/rarely hunted stands. On your tour, see if you guys can come up with a way to make the point jutting into the corn, just SE of the cabin and the inside corner on the exact opposite side of the corn (almost exact same distance from the road as the point) THE spots to be. It'd no doubt take some blockading or something creative to make those locations true killers, but would provide such easier/lower impact access/departure.
the red X is the perfect example of what I'd be focusing on. Low impact stands. The catch is it often takes some remodeling/construction work to also make them high odds stands. My suggestion would be to make that a big part of the trip....how can we pull that off? specifically, I'd be looking to create high odds/low impact along the road and your south and east borders, as they appear to be your lowest impact access/departure routes. Again though, I could be WAY off from just a glance at an image one can't even zoom. So, take all this for what it's worth...very little.
Don't worry about offending. The stands I marked are ladder stands and are not currently up. That is where they were last fall. I do have a tripod stand on the east side of the woods just behind the north dot. Two years ago I missed a decent buck out of the tripod. It was in the willows across the creek with a doe. They were heading west straight towards me. When they got to the creek they stopped. It is about 50 yds from the stand. If they would have crossed the creek the trail crossed in front of me about 10 yds away. I got anxious and decided to shoot while they were stopped. I couldn't see the bucks body because of the grass. I guessed where it was and missed. They crossed and headed for the corner and crossed the road into Stu's. Stu's marking of crossing areas are exactly the same as I have observed over the years.
I have thought of putting a ground stand on the north and south ends of the food plot so I could hunt with north or south wind. With n wind I could cross the creek at the s end of my property to access stand.
I really look forward to it. I look forward even more to the day I can retire so I can do my share. Stu is planting the food plot for me. There is no way I would get it done this year.This is going to sound silly, but you just made me happy...I can see all sorts of possibilities. I like it when people I like can achieve goals. I really think the two of you can do just that. It'll take some time and coordination, but it can be done