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I recently saw a post on another website about a very successful bird hunt and the poster included some pictures.  I recognized a distinctive landmark in the background and instantly knew exactly where the guy was hunting on public land. I hunt there myself and since he found quite a few coveys I'll hunt there next week. I've seen hunters name towns they were hunting near, name Wildlife Management Areas, post pictures with all kinds of recognizable landmarks, mention nearby restaurants and give other info about where they were hunting.  I know of one area in particular that has had increased hunting pressure in the last couple years because Internet scouters could fairly easily figure out where the poster was hunting.

I know there are lurkers who never post on hunting websites but watch very closely for inadvertent clues about good hunting spots or areas.  How prevalent do you think it is?  Have you ever recognized a spot?  Are you careful not to give clues about where you hunt?

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In the grouse woods I don't care enough to be careful because there's lots of land and little hunting pressure.  Most of "my" spots are pretty well known areas of public land anyway.  For example, I posted some pictures of one of my covers the other day and someone said, "I know where that is!"  That's fine, the woods are a big place and plenty of people were hunting there already - one more ain't gonna ruin it.

Pheasants I'm more careful about because there's less public land, lots more pressure, and a demographic that seems oddly competitive, at least in the Twin Cities area.  Crossing the border to Wisconsin or Iowa seems to fix those issues though.

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I'll talk about a locality but not my specific spots.  If someone can find my spots from any pix I post more power to them.
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I recall once seeing a photo posted on UJ of a covert in Wisconsin.  I recognized exactly where the photo was taken altho I have never been in Wisconsin.
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I'll talk about a locality but not my specific spots.  If someone can find my spots from any pix I post more power to them.

2x

I generally try to find my own spots, even though I have had some great help from UJ members that sent me a PM.

A thought about lurking internet scouters:

IMO, they probably hunt how they scout, the easy way instead of boots on the ground, and so I am am not too concerned about those type folks; even blind hogs get an acorn every now and then.

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There's a landmark in Kansas that shows up in just about every pheasant shot that comes out of there.

I don't ask for honeyholes or gps coordinates but I have searched the web for discussions of counties and areas that seem to be holding birds but half the fun for me is just exploring new places and the thrill I get when I stumble on a new to me spot that works out.

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I'll talk about a locality but not my specific spots.  If someone can find my spots from any pix I post more power to them.

2x

+1

A quick PM and the right person can almost follow in my footprints.  I have taken many a person to some of my best areas.

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Calling all lurkers!! Calling all lurkers!! I hunted about six miles from Pangman this morning and saw about a dozen sharptails. Come and get em'!!!!  :<img src=:'>
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I'll talk about a locality but not my specific spots.  If someone can find my spots from any pix I post more power to them.

2x

I generally try to find my own spots, even though I have had some great help from UJ members that sent me a PM.

A thought about lurking internet scouters:

IMO, they probably hunt how they scout, the easy way instead of boots on the ground, and so I am am not too concerned about those type folks; even blind hogs get an acorn every now and then.

Dont bet on it

I internet scout have for years and I take careful notes and hit the areas hard with a truck full of good pointers and lots of shoe leather.

I doubt I'm the only one. Its really the only practical way to do it when its a 1000 miles away.

I always warn against being specific

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It would be hard to tell where I hunt, but for the most part, I have just quit posting reports and photo essays. I saw a lovely photo posted by another WI member last year taken in a spot I hit few times a year. I PM'd to confirm the location and he did, but the tree he used for the dog/bird photo op was a dead giveaway and I had a couple of photos myself taken at the exact spot.

At any time during the day, there are 40+ guests (51 now compared to 43 UJ members) lurking on this site. It actually bugs the hell out of me when people mention specific areas or nearby towns/hamlets, but I'm pretty much an ass, so maybe it is just me.

Edit: I have pointed several people in a very specific direction via PM if I thought I could trust them and have taken a couple of UJers hunting in some of my spots. Thus far, I haven't been disappointed with the etiquette and discretion shown. I've had some great experiences with others doing the same for me too, but obviously wouldn't broadcast a thing.

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I internet scout have for years and I take careful notes and hit the areas hard with a truck full of good pointers and lots of shoe leather.

If the pointers were good, they wouldnt be in the truck while the setters were out doing all the hunting. :devil:

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It has been my experience that it is much easier to just be an active member on this board.  People on this board are more than happy to help other active members out as long as they are confident you will follow the "code".
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Dont bet on it

I internet scout have for years and I take careful notes and hit the areas hard with a truck full of good pointers and lots of shoe leather.

I doubt I'm the only one. Its really the only practical way to do it when its a 1000 miles away.

I always warn against being specific

Yeah, but your are not a lurker, I know when you enter the King's domain, I can feel it. :D

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