I take it that you have a tag and will be hunting this weekend? It sounds like things are starting to heat up out there so maybe you can nail a big old buck. Good luck to you. I am not sure about white tail hunting because I have never done it but snow can go a long way out here towards getting you an elk or a mule deer. If it is good for white tails (which I am assuming that it atleast can not hurt) than it sounds like this weekend is shaping up to be a massacre. Good luck and keep us posted on how everything turns out.
I think the youth in Vermont had perfect timing for this youth weekend. The bucks started hitting the scrapes really hard over the last week and a half, and my dad said there were some beauties killed. Hopefully they will keep at it for just another week till the regular season opener this weekend.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...