Price County deer hunting
Lakeshiner, you cut 2 deer tracks in a 2 mile loop!! I'd say that is looking good except it was likely the same deer!!!!! Ha ha. Welcome to Price co.! All kidding aside , this will likely be a tough year. We had good numbers spring of 2018 and the fall was not bad . We could actually walk in the woods and see a few deer when grouse hunting . This year, after -43 below and 40" snow on the ground till the end of April, it will be a tough year. I'm done caring however and might not even go opening day of deer up there . I have gone 30 yrs in a row. This year my son and I might not bother. I might stay down here and wait out the crowds, or just go walk around and see if I can get away from all the people.
There were a ton of people around my area last weekend. Not sure who was grouse hunting vs deer though. Checked my cameras and had 4 bucks last week go by. Only one during daylight, a small spike. No does at all, weird...
Talked to a few people in the area. Guys further south seem optimistic, guys further north its the usual. I can't say more are around us, I actually walked in with fresh snow and cut 2 tracks in a 2 mile loop I did. They were digging around for acorns, lots of them around this year. One of them actually was near my stand, it just didn't go in front of the camera. I'm going to be optimistic and say it was during daylight.
Heading up Friday to hunt, should be lots of....boredom haha. Just takes one though.
I was up oct. 19th weekend off hwy d, 20 minutes from phillips .hunted 30 acres private: surrounded by a hay field , 10 acres of standing corn , and big woods to the north . saw 6 different deer while in stand mature doe , fawns , yearling does, and a 1 1/2 spiker. land owner said deer numbers are on the rise ; as he sees them daily. He also stated the buck numbers were increasing and there were some 3 1/2 -4 1/2 year old bucks running around .He has a good number of bear around usually , but hasn't seen any wolves in a while . Its good to get away from the armys of people in southeastern wi.
Price co. deer hunting is a lot worse than last year. I was there for 3 days last week and found 2 rubs in 4 miles of scouting. I also found 2 scrapes. We had 2 bucks so far this year on the cam and were very small, one so small I dont think I can call it legal. The grouse numbers are way down too. However, for a while, I thought my son and I were the only ones on the face of the earth. We could not hear any sounds of man at all for most of time we were there except I heard a few shots , saw a jet and heard an airplane . The place is dead, and for good reason too. The parcel of land to my east and west have been for sale for 14 months and no offers . That is not exactly a bad thing neither.
Anyone finding scrapes around? I checked cameras last week and didnt have any bucks on camera since i set it out weekend after opener. Gonna have to find some new grounds away from the cabin this year. Last year was very disappointing with bucks compared to other years looks to be even worse this year.
I'm fairly optimistic. I hunted the youth hunt with my son and he shot a spiker the first day. We saw 4 deer total up to that point. When we got his deer out there were 3 more next to the road by our truck.
I checked out one of my spots I plan to archery hunt and put a camera out, had a doe and fawns right by the tree I normally sit in. Of course I jumped them...but was a good sign anyways. Also had a doe and fawn right by the road where I turned in.
Not sure if I've seen more than last year, but definitely some around. Seems a little better to me but who knows. Good to see the fawns around. Have a few fawns by our cabin too.
I have not hunted there this year yet. I did check my trail cams in mid August and only one buck all summer, a few other deer, some bear and no wolves but a few coyotes. Par for the course in Price co. It was a very late winter. I was there on April 25th and there were bare spots all over but also 12" of snow in a lot of places so it turned out to be a tough winter after all. with a high WSI number of about 100. I didn't however find any wolf kills but did have 2 wolves on the cam last winter.
Hey everyone hunting price county just checking in on the hunting has been for everyone in the Northwoods? Haven’t been really out much with an injury I had I put out my first camera this weekend. But I’m heading out west Wednesday. So after that I’ll finally set out more then one camera.
My son and I didn't see a deer. I saw a bear opening day at 8:30 and that was it. There is very little buck rubs or scrapes but it is still getting better. I just dont know where the deer went this year. we usually see something. I may head 30 miles south and try some public land and see what happens.
I had a couple little bucks on camera during the day but the bigger ones were at night. A few does going past daily but no one following them.
Tracks in the snow were average by me, nothing to get overly excited about. I will say though that half the time I've walked in I've visually seen a deer. This last weekend I actually had deer tracks on my own tracks from 30 minutes prior, so I just missed walking into another one. Some around.
We had 2 small bucks walk past our cabin on a doe search as well. My kids were pretty excited and my wife will be sitting back there for gun season.