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Use Tabletop Scouting to Locate Deer Now for Deer Season

Day 4: Using the Map as a Reminder to Hunt Deer Successfully

Editor’s Note: This week we’re learning secret tactics used by trophy deer hunters before they set foot in the woods – to locate the terrain and cover that holds the basket-racked bucks. You can find the buck you want this season or at least learn where he should be while studying on your kitchen table this summer. Many hunters spend too much time walking around in the woods and not enough time learning how to hunt their areas and identifying where bucks move. An aerial photo and a topographic map can show you where deer are most likely to appear, how to increase your hunting time and how to decrease your scouting time.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewMost of us want to believe we have extensive memories, but we do not. Memory fades each year. However, if you record on your map and GPS the date and place where you take each buck, the chances of returning to that spot on or about that same day next year and bagging another buck are very good. Deer are creatures of habit and have a pecking order. These two factors mean that certain things happen every year in a deer herd in about the same place at about the same time. If you’re hunting over a food site such as an acorn tree, more than likely that tree will drop its nuts at about the same time each year. Usually deer in a region will come to that same tree year after year. Therefore, a nut tree, a green field or any other type of food source where you have bagged a buck may produce a buck in coming years, if you can remember the exact spot. By marking that site on your map and recording the date, you won’t have to rely on memory.

If you find a scrape line and take a buck along that scrape line, you may be able to hunt that same scraping site year after year. Often, more than one buck will walk the same scrape line. When the dominant buck, the animal that’s made the scrape, is harvested, the next buck in the pecking order will become the dominant buck and probably use the same scrapes in the same places as his predecessor. By marking those scrape lines on the map and noting the date you take a buck at those scrape lines, you have a quick and easy reference to locate those scrape lines the next year and return to that same region at about the same time of year.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewTo get John E. Phillips’ Kindle eBooks and print books on hunting deer, "How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties,” (John’s latest book), “How to Hunt Deer Up Close: With Bows, Rifles, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows,” “PhD Whitetails: How to Hunt and Take the Smartest Deer on Any Property,” “How to Take Monster Bucks,” and “How to Hunt Deer Like a Pro,” or to prepare venison, “Deer & Fixings,” click here on each. Or, go to ", type in the name of the book, and download it to your Kindle, and/or download a Kindle app for your iPad, SmartPhone or computer.

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: Hunting Buck Deer Now with Computers for Deer Season

Check back each day this week for more about How to Produce a Grand Nite Champion Coon Dog"

Day 1: Using Aerial Photos and Topo Maps Now to Learn the Lay of the Land for Successful Deer Hunting
Day 2: More Ways to Use Aerial and Topo Maps to Find Deer Now to Hunt in the Fall
Day 3: Moving from the Table to the Woods to Hunt Deer Successfully
Day 4: Using the Map as a Reminder to Hunt Deer Successfully
Day 5: Hunting Buck Deer Now with Computers for Deer Season

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Entry 825, Day 4