Scouting For Deer Hunting - A Summary
Most hunters agree that the best time to scout for deer is right after the close of the season. At this time of year, the sign that you find will be fresh, you will not push deer out only to be bagged by your next door neighbor, and deer that you do push out will have nearly an entire year to return to their normal patterns. Many hunters also scout in the winter, spring, and early summer. Most shy away from scouting too much in late summer or early fall, or if they do scout, they are more careful about it. And it should be noted that summer deer behavior may be far different than fall or mid-winter behavior in big-snow areas. Many hunters will set up game cameras, but others warn against overuse resulting in deer being pushed out.
Deer hunters that are scouting look for the following sign:
- Deer daytime bedding areas (find these well in advance of the next season).
- Trails used by deer, especially well-worn trails.
- Deer droppings. Take note of the size, quantity, and how fresh.
- Antler rubs and ground scrapes. Great for planning hunts during the rut.
- Food sources, both natural and agricultural.
- Find a creek and follow its edge - you will quickly find the trails at the crossings.
- Natural characteristics of the land that will funnel deer. These include streams, narrow strips of cover connecting a feeding area with a bedding area, and hills & ridges.
--Page 1 of 1--
Hope this helps you in your deer hunting scouting!
Share on Facebook
Click Ctrl D to Bookmark
This Page! Tell Your Friends! Click on The Share Button =>