In-season scouting

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Re: In-season scouting

Unread postby NorthStar » Fri Sep 23, 2022 3:17 am

Trout wrote:I was actually thinking about how I can do a better job of in season scouting during a boring meeting at work today and told myself to find this thread tonight.

I had a thought, almost an epiphany, that I think is going to take my in-season scouting to the next level. Think about how we scout post season and during the spring. We go out there like we have nothing to lose and find so much great sign. We find great sign scouting during the season, too, but as aggressive as we are, not many of us are as aggressive as we were when we scouted during the off season. And because of that, I am sure there are times when we dont find the hot sign. Well what if we threw caution to the wind in season the way we do when scouting out of season. What would the result be? What if we treated every hunting trip like an off season scouting mission, only difference being that we bring a treestand or saddle platform and sticks and a weapon so we can set up on hot sign? We would look some deer here and there, for sure, but we would have a heck of a season.


I struggle between this method and stage hunting. I feel like there is a time for each of these methods and I haven’t figured out how do determine which method makes sense for each unique hunt.

But I think the approach you are describing would be the best way to learn these things while probably getting on some good deer as well!


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Re: In-season scouting

Unread postby Huntress13 » Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:03 am

I'd be interested to hear again from some of the guys who posted this thread a couple of seasons ago to see what your results were in 2020 and 2021. Lessons learned and stuff.
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Re: In-season scouting

Unread postby Ognennyy » Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:16 am

I read this thread "cover to cover" a few years ago. Someone in a recent post mentioned Magicman's original post and I got huge value from it. I hunt in low population sub-alpine mountainous areas and well-used habitual buck beds are something I have never come across. The deer just go wherever. I'm sure there is a pattern, but it's a very large one and it doesn't lend itself to building a hunting strategy around. It's very useful in my environment though to follow terrain cover transitions, look in terrain funnels, and I pay close attention to benches in the terrain.

I also catalog all the beech stands I find, especially when there are isolated mature beeches with nothing much else around, and check them every year prior to the season as well as in-season if I'm going near them anyway. If there's a beech dropping nuts the deer and bears will hammer them.
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Re: In-season scouting

Unread postby MichiganMike » Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:39 am

Realy enojoyed reading back on this thread also. Some great points and helps get my mental game together for our opener.
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Re: In-season scouting

Unread postby Trout » Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:54 am

NorthStar wrote:
I struggle between this method and stage hunting. I feel like there is a time for each of these methods and I haven’t figured out how do determine which method makes sense for each unique hunt.

But I think the approach you are describing would be the best way to learn these things while probably getting on some good deer as well!


I'm right there with ya! Last year I kind of found myself doing both at the same time. For example, in the spring I have been focusing on finding mature deer sign, then hopefully some sign that indicates the mature deer made it through the season. If I don't find sign he made it, hopefully I can get him on camera or at least the buck who took his place and is using the terrain in a similar way. If I get those two, then I'm aggressively scouting them in-season to see if the sign is there that says I can use that old Intel to my advantage, say a buck is using a thermal hub below bedding before entering the bedding in the morning. And setting up for that to happen. If that all doesn't align, I'm covering ground to find sign that shows what's changed, and setting up on that.

Where the phased part comes in is I'm doing it in phases, for example, ridge system a on the first hunt, ridge system b the next, etc.


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