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View Poll Results: Spot & Stalk or Ambush For Western Deer?
MOSTLY - Spot & Stalk 1,021 73.77%
MOSTLY - Ambush 363 26.23%
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:26 AM
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Re: Spot & Stalk or Ambush

Seems like I spot them, then stalk them, more often than not. I prefer the ambush, but I'm not that patient.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:09 PM
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Re: Spot & Stalk or Ambush

I got to thinking about this and for western deer most of the time I stillhunt or walk them up and shoot them. If we happen to see them it of course turns into a stalk or ambush.

We also do drives and ambush as well as spot and stalk.
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Old 02-27-2011, 04:24 PM
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Re: Spot & Stalk or Ambush

Spot and stalk, I do not see any sport in a feeder, deer blind and sunrise. Spotting and stalking heightens your skills and sharpens your abilities.
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:26 PM
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Re: Spot & Stalk or Ambush

when i "spot and stalk" i hunt with iron sights only to push the element ,and work load to a max,good for all the basic hunting skills
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:23 AM
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Re: Spot & Stalk or Ambush

In California, our season is during the summer, with hot days, sometimes with fog in the mornings. I have used and seen used, spot and stock and ambush. However the best out here is folks driving the brush and cover with folks set up on stands. We also use a dog or two, which is legal. I learned this method from my Grandfather, my Father and from another wise old hunter in my youth.

It is not a simple method to use and the folks you hunt with have to come with common sense and discipline. They have to learn the habits of the deer, how there habits change with the weather and moon. How to stay put on a stand until the whole hunt is finished. How to use the terrain, how to time the pushers at certain points to create the property pressure to encourage the deer to flow the proper direction or directions. Last but not least you have to learn how to be a good marksman, which I labor to teach all who hunt with me.

With the right folks, it works very well. A side benifit is I can get a reasonable herd count for areas of the ranch, a handy management tool.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:10 PM
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Re: Spot & Stalk or Ambush

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In California, our season is during the summer, with hot days, sometimes with fog in the mornings. I have used and seen used, spot and stock and ambush. However the best out here is folks driving the brush and cover with folks set up on stands. We also use a dog or two, which is legal. I learned this method from my Grandfather, my Father and from another wise old hunter in my youth.

It is not a simple method to use and the folks you hunt with have to come with common sense and discipline. They have to learn the habits of the deer, how there habits change with the weather and moon. How to stay put on a stand until the whole hunt is finished. How to use the terrain, how to time the pushers at certain points to create the property pressure to encourage the deer to flow the proper direction or directions. Last but not least you have to learn how to be a good marksman, which I labor to teach all who hunt with me.

With the right folks, it works very well. A side benifit is I can get a reasonable herd count for areas of the ranch, a handy management tool.
That's great on private land but on public land it sucks when you've packed in 5 miles and are glassing a high basin only to have 10 guys on a drive push through and ruin the whole area for everyone else.


I much prefer spot and stock which feels more like hunting while ambush seems more like shooting. Just my $.02. Also why I limit my shots to 600 yards requires a little more maneuvering in to position after glassing an animal at distance.
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:15 PM
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Davkrat, I fully understand your position on public lands. Good luck with the upcoming season.
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