What should you look for on scouting missions for deer hunting?

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    When scouting for deer hunting, there are several key things to look for. Here are some important factors to consider:

    1. Sign of deer activity: Look for tracks, droppings, rubs, scrapes, and trails. These signs can indicate the presence of deer and their movement patterns.

    2. Food sources: Identify areas with abundant food sources such as acorns, fruit trees, agricultural fields, or browse. Deer are often drawn to these areas for feeding.

    3. Bedding areas: Look for areas with thick cover, such as dense vegetation or brush, where deer may bed down during the day for security and rest.

    4. Water sources: Identify nearby water sources like streams, ponds, or waterholes. Deer need access to water, especially during dry periods.

    5. Terrain features: Pay attention to topography, such as ridges, valleys, and saddles, as deer often use these features for travel and to navigate their surroundings.

    6. Transition zones: Look for areas where different habitat types meet, such as the edge of a field or a forested area. These transition zones can be productive areas for deer movement.

    7. Scouting from a distance: Use binoculars or spotting scopes to observe deer from SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Joshua's avatar

    Any oak trees/ fruit trees dropping early and large scrapes that appear to be used by multiple deer

  • Hunter's avatar

    @Joshua that’s normally where I’m at, unfortunately this particular spot I’m scouting had about three inches of standing water! Good luck this year!

  • Joshua's avatar

    @Hunter good luck to you as well!

  • Casey's avatar

    Travel intersections and pinch points between food with water /cover/bedding.

  • RyLee's avatar

    Went out yesterday and found a spot where 2 field edges meet right on the edge of a patch of persimmon trees and close to water

  • Hunter's avatar

    @RyLee transitions and food source, Great start! Good luck this season!

  • RyLee's avatar

    @Hunter Thanks! Good luck to you too

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