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Start Scouting Now!
Bob Foulkrod
There is no better time to scout deer than immediately after the close of the season.
Bob Foulkrod

As soon as possible after your state's deer season, get out and start scouting for next year. Main deer trails stand out like road maps in the winter woods and secondary trails are also very visible as are rubs and leftover scrapes from this season. You can identify cover types, travel corridors, terrain, water sources and feeding patterns.

It is now easier to get into the deep brush where big bucks live and figure out their home area and escape trails. You may spook them but remember you won't be hunting them again for quite awhile.

This is also a good time to pick out areas to put your stand for next season since everything now looks much as it will then. If you hunt private land you could even go ahead and put up stands so they become a part of the landscape rather than warning signs closer to the season.

Bob Foulkrod is a member of the RedHead Pro Hunting Team.

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