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Yup Mystic nailed it.

A good book on scouting is "Mapping Trophy Whitetails" by Brad Herndon...


Paul Brunner makes good videos about scouting and stand placement. I cant think of the titles, but Stoney Wolf productions makes them.


Now is a little late to get out there and scout hard. You really want your spots picked and ready by this time of year. However, as MG pointed out to me the other day, long range scouting is a great technique for this time of year. I do a lot of spotting, to see the deer in fields, and also setting up stands a good distance away from where you want to hunt and watching with binoculars is a great tactic right now.

Whatever you do, dont disturb the deer in the areas you plan to hunt. Keep a good distance, and stay scent free.

For early season, you really need to key in on food sources, such as white-oaks, grasses, apple trees, corn, etc. Dont overlook water sources either in the early HOT season. Deer will often come to drink early in the evenings at small secluded ponds or creeks. Look for tracks around these areas and set up 50 yards back up the trail.

Use this time (early season) to look for last years rut signs while you're out hunting. Old rubs, old scrapes(virtually impossible to spot by now, but you may find an overhanging branch thats been worked hard for several seasons or even a year round scrape.)Find the areas where does heavily bed, and locate travel corridors between the bedding areas. Pinchpoints or faint trails off of main trails inbetween these areas are where you might intercept that bruiser buck when November rolls around!

Good luck---Matt [up]
 

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Another thing to consider is, the best time to really go snooping through the main areas is January through April. There is no real harm in spooking deer at that time, because they are already on red alert from hunting season. Also the woods will be most open, and sign will stand out like a basketball player at a midget convention.[up]:D
 
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