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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-29-2015, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Scouting

Who else enjoys scouting this time of year for deer I like to go after a snow really shows where the deer are and where they travel

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2015, 12:12 AM
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Re: Scouting

My best scouting trips are when I take the gun out for late grouse. Always snow on the ground and I can see how the deer are moving in fairly normal patterns. This has helped my archery hunting significantly over the past 10 years!

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2015, 12:20 AM
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Re: Scouting

Plan to go out over the weekend. Last year this time I scouted in the snow and sat up a stand this hunting season that over looked a heavily used trail that was down to bare ground. The results? LOL only seen 1 deer in rifle and 5 in archery. Oh well i not upset bout it. Being outdoors scouting gets me pumped up for next season. Beats sitting at home being bored to death.
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I plan on doing some snooping around this weekend while I am out pulling the tree stand!

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Re: Scouting

I like scouting in the snow.It is also a good time to put up some cameras to see what survived the past seasons.Its nice to just walk around and enjoy nature.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-01-2015, 06:31 PM
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It's a great time. I find the most buck rubs then due to all of the cover is down from the frost and snow. I also line up new stands for the rut.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-03-2015, 12:58 PM
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I like scouting in the snow.It is also a good time to put up some cameras to see what survived the past seasons.Its nice to just walk around and enjoy nature.
how can you put out cameras with snow on the ground? I will not cause the scumbag thieves can locate them so much easier follow your tracks right to the camera. also stick out like a sore thumb with all the vegetation gone. I have had 2 stolen already and my son had 1 stolen all in the last 2 years with foilage and no snow to boot. I would love to have a camera out this time of year to see what left believe me, but cant bring myself to keep feeding the thieves.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-03-2015, 03:26 PM
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Re: Scouting

It's been my experience, at least around here, that not many people at all venture out into the woods in the winter. Lots hit the ice and the ski trails, but on foot randomly in the woods just seems to not exist.

I can actually count on one hand the number of human tracks I've seen in the woods(not on trails, etc) between Christmas and spring thaw.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-03-2015, 04:26 PM
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I think if I were scouting now I would only be looking for buck beds, and finding home areas, deer will travel to whatever food is available for the most part this time of year. Snow is packed as hard as concrete right now in my area so I would rather just let them alone.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-03-2015, 06:20 PM
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Re: Scouting

I am a bit of a workout nut so this Saturday I will go for a 3-4 mile walk in a foot of snow and check things out...beats running on a treadmill..
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