When do you guys usually scout for deer?
What do you look for?
How long do you scout for?
When I want to learn new areas around here, I go after the season or in the spring(also always looking while turkey hunting); try to stay out during the summer and fall. The only exception would out of town/state hunts, I'll go on short scouting trips to minimize disturbance and always wear rubber boots and try to be scent free. When scouting I look at the big picture first, the lay of the land, food and water sources, bedding areas; then try to narrow it down based on sign on the ground, tracks, droppings, rubs/scrapes, etc. But what I'm really looking for in the end is a good funnel near the sign, they need to come close for a shot; also looking for the right tree, or a spot hunt from the ground with something for cover. From there I look for the best route to get to and from the stand.
Some of my best hunts have been the result of scouting on the fly, treestand on my back and head into the woods looking for a good spot to setup with fresh sign. The deer come through relaxed and have no idea I'm there. Finding a rubline in early October in the oaks for an afternoon hunt can work out really good.
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Google is a plus. helps me locate the openings in the cedars.
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About the same as everyone else has said. Scout heavily while I turkey hunt. Take a scouting trip when I go to take down stands. Usually spend a few nights every fall with a spotting scope or binocs and watch the fields a few weeks before season opens. Good way to tell where they are coming out and going in. Then I'll scout once while I hang and or move stands. Usually do that about 3-4 weeks before season opens. Picked up a few more acres to hunt this year, so I've been looking at it on Google Earth. Really makes it easy to pick out the most likely places to scout. Good way to see waterholes, pinch points, food sources, etc.
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