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    Has anyone hunted Pisgah national forest in the early season or during mid November with a bow???? Thinking about trying it and just wondering if its too hard or anyone has any luck??
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    Pisgah
    Yes, bow hunting can be very good in places

    Depends on where you're hunting.
    What section will you most likely be hunting in?

    I have hunted almost every part from Morganton up to Asheville in one way or another. Deer, bear, turkeys, and grouse.

    Let me know and I try to give you some guidance
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    pisgah
    Most likely the Daniel Boone bear sanctuary in northern burke!! Hunting for deer. First time attempting to hunt game lands and not really sure what to look for, Bedding?? food?? what kinda food?? Anything that might help isn't to small!!!!!!
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    Pisgah
    Haha. I know the area well. I grew up hunting Linville mountain and the gorge. We always hunt bears during the sanctuary permit hunts. As far as hunting deer early. Food food food. If you are gonna be down low around brown mountain ORV, look for white oaks that are being hit. In general I only hunt the evenings in early season around acorns. If you are gonna be up high above upper creek or across the road on table rock, white oaks are the same deal cause you will still be too low for beech nuts.
    If acorns arent plentiful, just finding one or two trees that are putting off will be like a gold mine. Get in the tree early around 3 or 4 and be ready to shoot about 15 minutes before dark.

    A climbing stand can be your friend, but scout ahead of time to know which trails to set up on. I like setting up about 100 yards away from the acorns on the heaviest used trail between the trees and cover. It helps to have that extra few minutes if you catch them before they get to the food right at dark.

    Remember where you saw good sign and go blast them with a muzzleloader at the end of sept. first of oct.

    If you ever want to take a short road trip to some different ground, ride up to roaring creek and either hunt low above the old apple orchards, or go high and slip around up or down the AT. can be very fun, but a lot of walking. You have a high percentage chance at killing one off the ground, which makes for some excitement. But go early season before it gets beat to death. THen go again when it gets cool and the understory dies down so you can see a good ways. Just a cool place to hunt in general even if you dont kill one the first time, you will definitely want to go back

    Hope this helps, im sure other people that know the area would be glad to chime in.

    Good luck
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    Pisgah
    What happens if there are acorns everywhere because when we went to check it out it seemed like there were trees everywhere? Wouldn't that make it really hard to no which ones they are feeding on? Thanks allot for the help!!!!
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    Feed
    Depends on the year. Up until last season, there were crazy amounts of acorns for the previous 3 seasons. Last year, they were almost non-existent.

    In a 'low mast' year, you will have to put your time in walking and finding the few white oaks that are putting off. That will increase your odds to find those few trees that might be putting off. If there arent many acorns, remember to search different types of terrain, ridges vs hollars, and low vs high ground. Late freezes, rainfall amounts, and other things factor into which trees will put off. If there arent any good white oaks in the low ground, you can go way high up (like Roseboro Rd. or the Globe) and look for beech nuts, but you will still be too low to find them consistently.

    In a high mast year, you will still need to do the leg work and find which trees they are keying in on. For example, if youre in a place that has 14 million red oaks, and 3 white oaks clustered in one spot. thats where you hunt b/c they will key in on those 3 trees first

    Hope any of this helps
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    pisgah
    Good info. I hunt a lot on Pisgah. I like the section at lake James. Suprisingly theres not a lot of people who bow hunt there.
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    LKJ
    Diane, you talking about the section over at Black Bear? Spent a lot of time around there over the years. You ever done any good deer hunting in that section? We are always over there for turkeys and bear, but i tend to stay on the mountain for deer.
    I grew up about 1/2 mile from Mtn Harbour marina
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    gameland
    yeah I am referring to the black bear section,across the road just below and above the landing. I see a lot of deer tracks in that area but I have been on that land a lot and have never actually seen a deer while hunting. I see a lot standing by the road at night when I'm leaving the landing. I think they mostly travel at night around there. I went to a piece this evening on Old Fort mountain hoping to call up a turkey but went down in there all the way to the bottom and didn't have any luck. Maybe next year. Have you killed any turkey near the black bear section? I would love some info on good places to set up. I've tried many spots.
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    pisgah
    We just tried the black bear section for turkeys this year and never had any like:(. Hoping we can find a good spot to but we are just novices so it might take a while:)
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    Black bear
    Diane,
    sorry i didnt respond i have been out of country for the last week. You can find birds in there, but like everywhere else, walk walk walk, then walk some more up on the mountain till you can find a bird. I tend to hunt places backwards. I walk in as far as i can get where the woods still look good, then work my way back down during the morning slipping and calling. On a lot of game lands I have killed birds at 10am or later just slipping along way up on the mountain till I hear scratching, then set up and call soft. birds will come in without gobbling a lot of the time.

    NCbowhunter, if you are hunting out of the morganton/valdese area you should be up in upper creek, or way low on the lower portion of the table rock road right above the private.
    Far off the road in both places. Most birds in these areas are so far from the road around ridges that you wont ever hear them until you get way back in the mountain. I killed my first bird up on the table rock road like 14 years ago, and I have killed a few in there since then.
    You can hunt the chesnut mtn section off of upper creek road long walk to get to turkeys, but you shouldnt have much company. you can also go in across from the chesnut mtn gate and walk about 2 miles calling off into the left side of the road. there was lots of turkey sign in there last time i came through

    or go in off 181 at the bark house about half a mile and owl hoot in the morning, beat feet to get closer to the birds and set up down on upper creek in the flats. once you kill, you can cut the main trail, take a right, and pop back out on 181 at the greentown trail right above BM overlook. from there you will have about a mile walk to get back up to the car.

    Hope this helps you next season.
    Good luck deer hunting
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    pisgah
    Thanks for all the help. Good luck too you!!!! One more thing.. Thinking about trying bowhunting a little further east in the piedmont. Is it worth driving two hours two game lands like uwharrie and r wayne bailey??? Or is it not that much better that its worth driving that far??
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    caswell and uwharrie
    Never hunted uwharrie but im sure there are some guys on here that will chime in. I have deer hunted as caswell once. Opening day of bow season last year. shot a doe about 20 minutes after daylight, packed her up and came home. When I went there to turkey hunt, i saw very little deer sign (or turkey), but that doesnt mean you cant get down there and do good.
    I would rather drive back home and hunt up in the mountains than drive to uwharrie or caswell, but thats just my preference.

    To me, the deer densities are just higher in the places I hunt at home when compared to the game lands down here.
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    gameland
    AppMtnHntr
    I know what you mean about the walking. Luckily Pisgah has plenty of land to walk. I also like walking in as far as I can to a good spot like you stated. I'll stay there a good while then ease back out slowly and stop many times and just listen. Occassionly I'll sit at different spots on the way out and observe everything. Game animals move around a lot more in the daylight than people think,they're just good at staying hidden and making their own trails off the main trails. I just hate the way it gets grown up in thickets on the main trails here in the mountains during the summer,because I like scouting long before season opens.
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    thick
    10-4 on that. The good thing is that once you find a few of those 'sweet spots', you have always got some back-up plans in case you didn't find anything new, or (in my case) get so busy with everything else you didnt have time to look in new areas. Its always funny what drives us to think,
    'man, i wonder whats around that next holler??' then once you get there, think
    'well, now i wonder whats around the next one??'

    Thats what always keeps up going back i guess!

    Have you ever hunted the section to the right of carvers gap on grassy bald? its like 3 miles to get back in there, but once you're there its more land than you would ever know what to do with. I want to go up there one day for a few days camping in late sept. once it gets cool and stay in there and hunt it out. I figure if the deer are used to smellin' the stinky AT thru-hikers, they won't mind a stinky bow-hunter.....
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    LOL
    You sound like you might be my hunting brother,LOL. I am the same way. I always say I'm just going to walk a little further, then I look ahead and say ,hey that looks like it opens up...just a little further,lol. I haven't heard of the spots you mentioned,but I sit for hours and study google earth to see where new trails lead and openings. I have found the best way to know is to just walk it. I like to have it in my mind though because it looks totally different before daylight, and it would be embarrassing to get lost hunting and make the news ha ha
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    getting lost
    That's what I love so much about hunting at home in the mountains. Just keep walkin downhill and you're bound to find your way out. :)

    When I bear hunted at the coast. I didnt know what to do or where to go without my compass. Especially midday when the sun was straight up.

    It sure is different being down here in the flat ground after growing up back home
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