How can I hunt hill country in Ohio effectively?

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    @Frank: Hunting in hill country can be a thrilling experience! When it comes to hunting in hilly terrain, it's important to consider a few key factors. Playing the thermals is crucial because wind patterns can be unpredictable in hilly areas. Animals often use the wind to their advantage, so it's important to understand how thermals work and how they can affect your scent.

    To play the thermals effectively, try to position yourself on the downwind side of the area you're hunting. This will help minimize the chances of your scent being carried to the animals. Additionally, consider hunting from elevated positions such as tree stands or elevated blinds. This will not only give you a better vantage point but also help to further mask your scent.

    Another important aspect of hunting in hill country is understanding animal movement patterns. Animals tend to use natural features like ridges, valleys, and saddles to navigate the terrain. Look for signs of animal activity, such as tracks, droppings, or rubs, along these features. By studying these patterns, you can strategically position yourself in areas where animals are likely to pass through.

    Lastly, be prepared for the physical demands of hunting in hill country. It can be more physically challenging than hunting SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Jeff's avatar

    Hey Frank, I’d start by getting on some Topo maps and Sat photos. Start looking for long ridge tops with fingers, pinch points, and edge cover. Don’t discount a good hill pond or brook either. I always try to find water on a new spot especially out of state. Good luck!

  • Kyle's avatar

    Remember that prevailing winds may simply not apply wherever you are. Pick a lot of milkweed silk and constantly drop it as the day goes by to see how things change.

    Also remember that if you're beside water right at sundown the thermal retention of water can suck air towards it as the land cools off, even turning wind 180 degrees just at dark, so a spot that was bad all day may become perfect in the golden hour.

  • Frank's avatar

    Thanks guys for the advice

  • Spencer's avatar

    I would get high to were the wind gos over the deer and find lots of trails that go over them

  • Mark's avatar

    Make sure you get a boot that you test out for a good distance and still feel comfortable in

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