Deer Scouting Tips
There is no better time to get in the woods than when the deer shed antlers to start scouting for next season. All the signs are still available for you to see first hand. By scouting now you can get a leg up on that big buck for next season and possibly find some nice sheds. Here are some tips to get you going in the right direction.
After deer season ends, deer will be hitting the food source to recover from the rut. Now is a great time to place your trail cams on trails leading to a food source to gather intel on your deer herd. This will give you vital information on which deer survived through the season and which bucks still have their antlers or have shed them already. Pay special attention to which way the deer are traveling the trails. Be sure to keep a journal of this vital intel to refer back to once deer season comes around again.
Rubs And Scrapes
Any sign found in the early spring is key to the hunter in pursuit of a dominant mature buck. Post-season hunters can get a clear picture of where he will be in the fall by scouting a deer’s home area now. Finding rubs, scrapes, antler sheds and getting pictures now will tell you where this buck is feeding and bedding. Deer especially big bucks have different feeding patterns and travel different trails in summer and early fall than later in the year. In response to hunting pressure deer change their travel patterns at the opening of deer season. Knowing this information will tell you where to focus your hunting during the opening of next season.
Post‑season scouting is a good way to increase your chances of success. Learn the territory. Learn deer movements and habits. Place stands accordingly. If using portable treestands, map the area and mark a number of good locations to be used as needed. Deer season does not end. The next season begins with post season scouting.
Here is a great video showing a prime example of post season deer scouting from Jason Houser Outdoors. Check out the video and let us know what you do differently when post season scouting.
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