Post by Shadslinger on Nov 20, 2016 22:02:51 GMT -5
You can access it by road on Rt. 608 (tolers ferry rd) on the Bedford county side. The Franklin / Pittsylvania county side has some access along Rt 778 (jasmine rd). I know folks do hunt it but not sure the amount of pressure it actually recieves. Some real steep land in there. Seen some big deer traveling them roads back up in there over the years. Always said I'd like to hunt it just never have.
The only aep land open to hunt is the mountain. Smith mountain cooperative wma, which is what Shadslinger described.
I've hunted it a bunch, even seen and killed some fine deer there. I've been hunting it fairly consistently since 2011. Some years see more pressure than others. In 2012, I was the only person on it. This year, it's another story.
It's a tough place to hunt, in my opinion. The deer are few and far between, and you gotta go places that you really don't want to go to get to them. This year it ain't many deer. They cycle with the acorns and the last 2-3 years haven't been good acorn years down there. So the deer population ( and turkeys, squirrels, and bears) will lag until a good year of acorns like this one. Next year they should have lots of babies after having lots of food this fall.
If you like an adventure, it's a great place to hunt. If you like filling tags quickly, I'd hunt elsewhere. Lol.
Funny story. In 2012, I was hiking into my muzzleloader stand when I noticed some reflective eyes on trees. After I shot my deer that morning, I went back to follow those eyes. So I walk and walk and walk, through some nasty thick brush, up steep rocky faces, through narrow and steep gulches etc. definitely not the easiest path to anywhere. So while I'm going in there all I can think is how crazy this hunter must be that laid this trail and that it must be worth it. Finally I run out of reflective markers in this small brushy opening. It was steep, Too steep for a deer I thought. Turns out, it was a perfect spot for a deer! At least it was all downhill from there.
Post by bushwacker on Nov 21, 2016 13:36:33 GMT -5
I have done a little research on the area. I have a trailer in penhook so the jasmin access will be closest it's only a couple min. Down the road. Does anyone access the mountain by boat. Doesn't look to be as steep down by the lake in some areas.
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