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Keys to Scouting for Successful Deer Hunting

Successful Scouting Tools

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: NoClick to enlarge matter how expert the hunter, how much he knows about deer, or what type of terrain he hunts, fate always can deal him a hand that will make him unsuccessful. But a consistently-successful hunter sets up in a place when and where deer most often will show up. To pinpoint such a place, you need to learn the keys to scouting success.

Key No. VIII:
Choosing the best stand involves several variables. Onany day if you have 10-stand sites chosen from which to hunt, generally one or two of those spots will pay off for you. Try to determine which way the wind blows most of the time at that site, and record that information with waypoints in your GPS. No matter how good a stand site you think you have, never attempt to hunt from that stand site with a wrong wind. Also when pre-season scouting, make sure thestand site you plan to hunt will have deer feeding there for some time plus enough food on the ground for deer to continue to feed there. If you plan to hunt a sanctuary, be certain you can get to and from that sanctuary without any other huntersClick to enlarge seeing you moving in or out.

Key No. IX:
Click to enlargeYou’ll harvest more deer by scouting effectively. The more you scout, the more you learn about the land, the deer on it, the hunting pressure and its effect on the deer. Then the easier you can determine where and when a deer will show up once the season starts and make appointments with those deer for a confrontation in the woods.

Tomorrow: Scout When You Sleep, and Lay Your Hunt Plan Out by the Stars

Check back each day this week for more about "Keys to Scouting for Successful Deer Hunting"

Day 1: Keys for Successful Scouting
Day 2: Two More Keys to Successful Scouting
Day 3: More Keys to Successful Scouting
Day 4: Successful Scouting Tools
Day 5: Scout When You Sleep, and Lay Your Hunt Plan Out by the Stars



Entry 417, Day 4