Over the next few weeks, I would like to share some of the things that have helped me be successful in the early part of deer season. This will not be an exhaustive list, but things that I have seen lead to success for myself and others.
First I want to share about scouting. There are three main focuses to scouting?
Focus #1: Property. You must first locate a piece of property where deer are located. This may sound like basic common sense, but it is one step you cannot ignore. Just because there is good cover and looks good, doesn’t always mean that there are deer on that property. Ask permission from the land owner to hunt/scout, and if you are okayed; then, wear out some boot leather looking for deer sign. Deer droppings, recently used trails, hair on fence crossings, etc.. Once you establish if there are deer on the property and you locate their travel routes move on to focus #2.
Focus #2: Set up trail cameras. Trail cameras are a non-invasive method of getting a close look at the deer that are traveling those deer trails that you have located. I like to use corn and small bales of alfalfa in front of my cameras attract and hold deer in front of my cameras. I like to see what is coming in and study the animals that are living on my hunting properties. Once I have an idea where the deer are and what quality of deer you have; I like to move on to focus #3.
Focus #3: Long range scouting. I get a big kick out of watching a big buck live on the hoof, there is nothing better than laying eyes on that mythical buck that you have been spying on with cameras! It is a reassurance of your suspicions. The main reason that I like long-range scouting is that you can see what the deer patterns are. I know you can get video on your trail cameras to do this but there is no substitute for time in the field…plus there is nothing more enjoyable than time out there. Also, it is very important that you have a good set of binoculars or a spotting scope. You may see them from a distance but if you can’t get a descent look at them you have defeated the purpose.
If you have not started your early season scouting…NOW IS THE TIME!!!! Get out there and get going! Deer season here in Okie Boys Outdoors country is right Round the corner!