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Location: FORT DODGE IOWA
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How do you scout?

From what i read on t forms, a lot of guys have their own property, or hunt on private property,how do you guys scout..how can i find some sheds id like to find me one last year i brought one off ebay just so i could say i have one..nothing like getting my own out of woods...

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How do you scout?

If you would be satisfied with taking a doe. Just look for lots of tracks leading into a food source (crop fields or acorns or apples) and getr in there 3 or 4 hours before dark and set up on the side of the food source where your scent won't blow into the deer on thier aproach.
If you find a bedding area you will want to set up on a trail where the deer will be heading back in, in the morning from thier feeding locations. Get there just before daylight and make every effort you can not to let the deer know you are going in or out. Be as quiet as possible and think about the way the wind is blowing and realize that every time you are in the woods you are leaving scent behind. either on your trail or even on the brush and bushes. Everything you touch will smell like.......you! Rubber boots are a good thing.
If you want to hunt for bucks then fing thier rub lines and or scraps can be good on the right days. If they are chasing the does, then hunt where the does are.

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How do you scout?

Ditto to that Thumbs up I usually start out in a creek and walk it to find where they are crossing and then back track their trails to reveal what they are up to and where they are going. PM hunts hit the food source, AM hunts hit the bedding areas, but don't get to close to that bed Talk to the Hand I think scouting is most of the fun. Going out and unraveling what they are doing and then being able to setup in the right place is very rewarding. Thumbs up

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How do you scout?

if i was to go out sunday looking where would be the best place to loook..ive got some MONARCH ATB SERIES 10x 42.they are an older pair but for the price i couldnt beat it...

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How do you scout?

Go to anyplace you have access to that has some woods and a crop and maybe a creek. Tbe best way to get started just jump in and see what you find and have fun Thumbs up

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I usually start out in a creek and walk it to find where they are crossing and then back track their trails to reveal what they are up to and where they are going.

That is incredibly good information right there!!!

One of the most reknowned big buck killers in South carolina begins most all his big buck scouting by walking up a creek bed looking for slightly but regularly used creek crossings . From there he separates that trails beginning and ends and generally speaking usually finds where the bucks are bedding and traveling. It's an awesome way to get a very quick education as to what the bucks on your property are doing. Keep in mind not all deer trails are created equal and heavilly used trails arent generally the best buck hunting spots. In fact if you get hung up on hunting the heaviest sign you are very lkely to end up upwind of the bucks your seeking as they makje a regular habit of traveling just downwind of the does in heavy cover.

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Far as my own scouting methods I do a good bit of setting up ladder stands adjacent to an area I suspect is having regular buck travel and watch from afar. After a day or two of observation I can usually narrow down local wind currents, and travel patterns enough to move in close for a bowhunting opportunity.

I like the ladder stands for this purpose because i can slip in quiet lean it up and ratchet it to a tree without a whole bunch of comotion taking it in or out. It also acts as a decoy to any other hunter that might happen upon my set up and think about why I am hunting at that very spot. By staying "off" the deer i can protect the area from deer as well as other hunters. When I am ready to actually hunt the deer I have been observing I move in mid day set up a loc on or climber and hunt right then and there. If its a morning route I will generally set up the day before and then get into the stand at least one hour before daylight to make sure I beat the deer to the spot and have plenty of time to get my gear ready before they arrive. I want a good stillness to fall over me and the woods for at least thirty minutes.

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