I scouted really hard here in Dietrich ID, this summer and had some really nice deer tied to a sage brush if you will. Opening evening I was walking into a blind I had built and had only moved 80 yards from the raod and I spotted the biggest buck I had been watching all summer, a really big 3 x 4, in a tall field of weeds ( last year's wheat gone to seed). It was blowing about 20 mph so he hadn't seen or heard me yet so I hit the dirt and watched him for about an hour. I hoped he would move my way but he bedded and I couldn't see him. I waited until it was almost dark then decided it was time to make something happen. I started crawling and within half an hour was 15 yards from where I thought he was bedded. I stood up and whistled, but he couldn't hear me because of the wind. I had to throw three rocks his direction before he stood up. I was at full draw but didn't realize that the weeds were so tall where he bedded. He stood there looking at me but couldn't see me and I couldn't see him. All I could see was his beautiful velvet antlers above the weeds. I sayed at full draw as he slowly moved through the weeds. Finally he was broadside in the clear at what I guessed was 45 yards and I let it go. I swear I took hair off his back. I paced it off and he was 38 yards. So hard to tell in that damn field. After that night enough kids from around here were hunting the corn fields I had scouted that I couln't locate any bucks. Awesome to see young kids hunting, but they sure get the bucks on the run. I was in a blind the other night and a doe stepped out at 12 yards and I watched her for a while then decieded to get deer season over with and put one through the ticker. Awesome meat, big doe, which I think we have too many of anyways so I'm satisfied, plus it was so much fun and 400 yards from my house. The next night my brother shot a doe out of the same blind. I LOVE BOWHUNTING!!
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...