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Im looking for some good scouting tips. Time of day? Entering the woods? Spotlights? Etc. Thanks!

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  • Im looking for some good scouting tips. Time of day? Entering the woods? Spotlights? Etc. Thanks!

    Im looking for some good scouting tips. Time of day? Entering the woods? Spotlights? Etc. Thanks!

  • #2
    I like first light myself but last light will get you some action too. Glass,Glass,Glass is the main thing becuse you dont want to start running around to much in the area you are hunting because I notice the deer will change patterns when pressure starts up towards fall. Happy hunting & post us the big boy you get this year.

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    • #3
      Find the food sources. Ask your neighbors or look over their fence,are they growing crops,if so what?

      Look for heavily worn trails leading in and out of the food sources. Find the water! Where in creek beds are the bucks drinking? Where are the ponds on your property,the adjacent property? How are the deer getting to the water and what time? Usually deer will be close to a water supply for the evening browse,or midday,depending on the weather,drought and etc.

      In my many years of chasing particular big bucks,I've found out that they will be bunked down one-tenth,to one-third down the ridge of a ridge that points to a rising morning son. The ridge will point towards the east,and the bunking area will be on the north side.

      Why? This area will receive some of the morning sun,but,about ten-thirty this area will not be directly in the path of the sun,and any moisture, will still be on the ground allowing the deer to be cool most of the day.

      If you do decide to walk/stalk the area for scouting,do so at a steady pace,stopping frequently and using the terrain or trees to hide behind.
      *Remember,you can never walk/stalk/scout too slow. A snail's pace is more desireable,and keep the wind in your face,even at an angle.

      Take binoculars and look for the largest acorns,preferrably white oak,and see how big they are in your region. The larger ones will almost be the ones to hit the ground first,so set-up a stand or blind in this area.

      If you can glass large areas,do so as dropj,suggested. If you scout early morning, be sure to get in the woods well before day light, as the deer will be less spooked.

      Hope this is somewhat helpful,as you didn't mention from what part of the country you reside and hunt in ...Best of Luck!

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      • #4
        Spotlights could be against the law even for scouting deer---I would check your local game laws and see if this is a legal activity

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        • #5
          it depends on the state spotlights are illegal in ohio. and as for scouting trail cams are a good way to go but they are kind of expensive it really comes down to putting in the hours glassing and sneaking into the spots that you would like to hunt

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