Dewey wrote: Boogieman1 wrote: headgear wrote:
Boogieman1 wrote:What has always confused the heck out of me is guys who work so hard post-season scouting but then rely on in season scouting. Always made me feel like one has got to be a waste. Maybe it’s cause my area is small and I really don’t know. But have always wondered if u r gonna in season scout then what is the point of post season scouting. Personally I post season scout so I’m in the right tree and I’m hunting vs walking around scouting. Doesn’t really matter I mean there’s numerous successful hunters that do it, just something I don’t understand.
I look at it like post season scouting is just kind of there to help me understand where the beds are and how they like to use them, the lay of the land. In season scouting helps me figure out when and helps narrow down an area. Pressure is huge too, sometimes they are bedding on top of the parking lot, sometimes back off a ways watching access, sometimes way back in the swamp. Without both I will just never be on the deer like I could be. I did it half for years when the kids were little with mixed results, now things are really starting to click and for me the in season scouting is looking way more important that post season but I have a decade + of post season scouting under my belt so endless places to hunt.
Gotcha! I’ve heard u guys talk about it for years but was embarrassed to ask exactly what u were doing.
Don’t even ask about dead of winter snow scouting.
Some guys think it’s nothing but a waste of time. I think there is never a better time to find those primary beds that bucks love to use year round. When you find one you will know it. Ultimate security with a great escape route. Just follow his tracks in the snow right to his beds. So easy even a caveman can do it.
Nothing better for teaching you the preferred travel routes than the buck himself. Pay attention to your surroundings and keep asking why he’s using that path to access his beds. Primary beds don’t change much and I love finding them in winter because I obviously know it’s a buck that survived the hunting seasons and I’m not wasting my time reading immediate post season rut sign from a buck that likely is already dead.
Dewey how many of your properties hold deer through out the winter? For me the percentage is VERY low. I would say over 90% of all ground public and private will be void of deer and even tracks.
I do have a few spots that hold deer, but it seems their bedding is so relaxed that it isn’t consistent with what I find during season. I definitely can see how they’d use their primary bedding year round. It’s safe and they choose it for that reason.
I haven’t done much mid winter scouting for the reasons listed above, but I should probably change that. But as of right now I don’t know of any bedding areas that I can guarantee will hold mature deer year around. Does? Yes... mature deer, no.
I should really go through my list of properties and see what I can find. There’s gotta be something big holed up somewhere...
Edit - I agree with Headgear regarding deep snow. I don’t have snowshoes which is the main reason for my lack of effort