Scouting For Deer Is More Than a Wet Finger In The Air To See Which Way The Wind Is Blowing

Weekend, August 12-13, 2017 — Some things never change. If you’re a hunter, you know that repitition generally pays off. For too many years, I used the months of August and September to scout for deer and elk. August, because I was prepping for the early bow hunting season, and September because bow hunting activity had forced deer and elk to alter their move-around habits. Human activity in an area that throughout the summer months had little activity other than in fishing and camping areas just meant that big game animals moved out of summer range to look for more undisturbed areas including steep mountain dropoffs, higher elevations, and in areas generally not welcoming to tourists, campers and even the usual realm of chainsaw firewood cutters.

That meant that I had to horseback into remote portions of mountain ranges that saw little to no disturbance. Wildlife prefer solitude whenever and wherever they can get it. Similarly, antelope, moose, and even black bears couldn’t care less about habitat invaders. Antelope rely on great distance vision to warn them of potential habitat disturbances; they tend to just move out – far out in many instances. Moose, on the other hand, are dependent on marsh willows for food; and because few people are fortunate to acquire moose tags to hunt the big animals, moose tend to stick around where most humans fear to go…for reasons, that is, other than fear of a mama moose and her offspring. Wet, shallow slush is not preferable for hikers.

That, then, leaves deer and elk as reliable residents of most mountain country and, without human interface, they can roam pretty much wherever they want. Thus, scouting usually reliable ungulate territory is where to begin your search for what you hope will pay off when the time comes for hunting seasons to open. What follows are some hints and tips that have proven to be reliable and necessary in one’s quest for tag-filling and, with that thought in mind, we invite you to sit back, relax and wander through this presentation of…

Scouting Whitetail Deer Part 1: Intro To Scouting 5:46 min.

Scouting Whitetail Deer Part 2: Scouting Food Sources

Scouting Whitetail Deer Part 3: Scouting Bedding Areas

Scouting Whitetail Deer Part 4: Hunting Travel Corridors

Scouting Whitetail Deer Part 5: Low Impact Scouting

Pre-Season Scouting Tips For Deer Hunters

In this episode: tips on scouting out the big bucks and how to decide where to hang your stand. Several mature bucks with big antlers have shown on our recent Reconyx trail camera survey! A buck we call Royal George has serious headgear but we may give him a pass and let him grow one more year. What would you do?

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