Weldon spring early hunt

Discussion in 'Special Hunts' started by 1099gl, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. 1099gl

    1099gl New Member

    Jul 26, 2016
    Hi everyone I am brand new to this forum. I applied for the early season managed hunt at Weldon spring CA (next to Busch wildlife.) I am new to scouting and this is the first time I will have hunted Weldon. I have read that the deer are used to humans and such and getting far from the parking lots is the best option. If anyone could give me any tips for scouting out there it would be helpful since I am new to hunting at Weldon springs.

  2. fullfan

    fullfan Active Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    I think everybody is going far from the parking lots now. I'd stick close to em to throw the deer a curveball

  3. Crappie

    Crappie Slab Master

  4. cgebhard

    cgebhard Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    OP it's a pretty common question, your relatively new to the forum.

    I'll try to help, most of the answers you get here in general will have little value. A large percentage of the site will either give goofy answers or tell you to do your own scouting. There is a lot of truth to scouting on your own. I understand you may not have the time or live a distance away making it difficult.

    I start scouting an area I'm unfamiliar with using Google Earth. Often I'll print out a copy and mark areas like fields, streams, etc. I'll place a priority on looking at areas "I think" would hold deer or provide an ambush point given the terrain.

    I'll put some boot leather down to look at those spots.

    As far as getting as far away from everyone else. In theory it's a great idea, but unless your on thousands of acres it's not going to happen. It's public land everyone is free to go where-ever they want. They don't know where you are and likely they will walk walk past you at 8:00 opening morning.

    My advice is find a spot you like and sit tight. Everyone moving around will keep the deer moving. Expect what ever spot you picked to have someone else in it opening morning. Have backup spots. Several.

    As the guys I hunt with say "you can't kill them from the cabin" (you can but thats a different story). Be prepared to spend the whole day there at your spot. You get up, someone else moves in, sort of like playing the slots at a casino.

    Good luck
  5. MObuckman

    MObuckman Active Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    My advice would be to get drawn first

    You'll also hear about the big ones that cross from Busch to Weldon right up by the main building at Busch
  6. MO sportsman

    MO sportsman Flinger of Arrows

    Jan 21, 2011
    Lincoln Co
    Buddy arrowed this buck last night and recovered this morning at Weldon. Hunted right by the road and near the parking lot lol.

    Attached Files:

  7. fishshooter

    fishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Nice late season buck
  8. venatic

    venatic ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Think I'll just sit in the back of my truck in the parking lot. :thinking:
  9. MO sportsman

    MO sportsman Flinger of Arrows

    Jan 21, 2011
    Lincoln Co
    I've seen this done before at Busch, and from a moving truck...

    ....and crossbows.
  10. River rat86

    River rat86 Active Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    St.charles mo.

    And what u kill ?!?!
  11. MO sportsman

    MO sportsman Flinger of Arrows

    Jan 21, 2011
    Lincoln Co
    In this state? Or in other states?