Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Discuss the science of figuring out our prey through good detective work.

How many days do you spend scouting a year?

0-10
7
13%
11-20
17
30%
21-30
10
18%
31-40
7
13%
41-50
6
11%
51-60
1
2%
61-70
0
No votes
71-80
0
No votes
81-90
1
2%
91-100
0
No votes
100+
7
13%
 
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Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Unread postby Tufrthnails » Mon May 09, 2016 2:06 am

Kinda curious how many days you guys especially the ones that are successful over and over are scouting. I have already scouted more this season then I ever have before. Maybe you guys can post up what you feel the minimum amount of days you could scout in a season to be successful in taking a trophy (for you) buck every season.


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Re: Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Unread postby seazofcheeze » Mon May 09, 2016 3:02 am

I picked "31-40" with the breakdown looking something like.

12-15 days of spring scouting 4-6hrs each.

12-15 days of glassing/shining from the first week of August through last middle of October about 2-3 hrs each.

8-10 days setting or retrieving trail cams. While not as in depth, I always have my eyes open anytime I'm in the woods.

I will also do some in season scouting as well if I hunt an area early season that I plan on coming back to in a few weeks. I will hunt an evening then come back the next morning and do 2-3hrs of scouting to see of there is any fresh sign from that fall in expected or new areas.

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Unread postby dirt nap giver » Mon May 09, 2016 3:30 am

41-50 for me. Each year is different though. Some years I am on to new spots that require more scouting/observing. Some years I am able to hunt the same spots I have been successful from in the past. I still scout/observe, just not as much needed as a new spot.

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Re: Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Unread postby Stanley » Mon May 09, 2016 5:04 am

I am constantly looking when out in the woods. Even if I have a primary objective I am always looking for some clues. I also use cameras to help me monitor things. So I am scouting even as I am punching keys on the computer. I found 2 super looking spots this year I set a camera up on each of those spots to see if my hunches are correct.

I really like using cameras they give me non evasive low impact scouting. I set the cameras up for optimal buck movement not where I would set up and hunt. If the camera intell shows good movement I may hunt in that area this year or maybe in the years to come. So I guess I'm in the 100 + category.
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Unread postby Hawthorne » Mon May 09, 2016 5:40 am

I chose 31-40. That's wintet spring bed scouting , glassing, running cams, and observation sits for inventory in summer. Usually only get 15-20 days hunting in fall. I would do more if I could

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Re: Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Unread postby Dewey » Mon May 09, 2016 6:40 am

I would say I average in the 41-50 range. Some years more some years a little less depending on work and if I have weekends off. I start scouting immediately after the season ends and get my best work done with snow on the ground. This is actual feet on the ground scouting, if I included cyberscouting, glassing and shining it is much higher. Rarely a day goes by that I am not at least cyberscouting.

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Unread postby cedarsavage » Mon May 09, 2016 9:47 am

Actual boots on the ground 20-40, but I'm on Google earth or cal topo everyday, and spend a lot of time driving through areas too

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Unread postby Wlog » Mon May 09, 2016 12:02 pm

I voted 31-40 but that's a complete guesstimate. I don't keep track of it. All combined, with spring scouting, summer scouting and in season scouting. Could possibly be more. IDK

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Re: Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Unread postby Findian » Mon May 09, 2016 12:49 pm

A lot this year of just boots on the ground.

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Re: Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Unread postby cbay » Mon May 09, 2016 12:56 pm

Somewhere between 20-30 so far this year. With the exception of one area, everything from now until season will be going in to areas already picked out to work on entrance, check wind, prep, etc.
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Unread postby ihookem » Mon May 09, 2016 2:02 pm

Hard to say. I went Morell hunting twice this weekend and both times found myself scouting for deer tracks, trail, and sheds. I did find a dead buck fawn from last fall though.
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Re: Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Unread postby Bonecrusher101 » Mon May 09, 2016 2:47 pm

I have scouted more this spring season than I did last spring season. I'm almost at a spot where I've got too many places to hunt and not enough hunting days for all of them.

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Unread postby Motivated » Mon May 09, 2016 2:57 pm

I am different from the other guys I guess.

I negotiated/agreed to four boots-on-the-ground-days between January and April. I have a wife and three children (8,6,4 years old). They come first.

Now those four days are dark-to-dark, and video notes carefully taken and scrutinized explicitly. Now I am running cams and occasionally waking up very early to travel and return before everyone wakes up on Saturdays.

Then in season scouting and observations will happen on hunting days which I will soon be budgeting out months ahead of time. Just what I have to do. I have to make the best of my situation and limitations, just like everyone else.

In some ways my limited opportunities keep me more intentional and more focused. I don't mind. I have a great family, and they deserve to be first.

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Re: Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Unread postby Czabs » Mon May 09, 2016 3:22 pm

11-20 mostly all day boots on the ground spring scouting. 16 days for me this year.

If I am to include trail cameras, shining, glassing, etc. numbers are way higher obviously.
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Re: Poll-How many days do you scout for hunting deer?

Unread postby olivertractor » Mon May 09, 2016 3:50 pm

I try to do something whitetail once every stretch of days I have off, so that would equal once a week, sometimes more sometimes less, approx 50+. May be a quick couple hour walk - half day deal

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