I have never have had to have a reason to get out in the woods I just go when ever I want. Always have and always will. As far as trail cameras I have two but I don't depend on them that much. Most of the animals that I hunt can be patterened as to where they wander to. The trouble with a trail cam is that where the animals are when you take the picture they are not there when the season comes about. Either other hunters or the weather will push them around. Now if I was some place in the southern areas of the states then you would not have to worry about the animals since they say in the same general area, or at least should.
I have 2 but only use one at a time. I should use both but i dont. I primarily use them to see whats moving at night. around here a lot of the bucks go nactural in july and stay that way till bout december. but if you get them on cam at night you know there in the area and get out during the season and possibly jump him in his bed during the day.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
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