Now I live in Wisconsin, and I own about 40 acres and over the years it has constantly produced a monster buck with each successive year. I was bowhunting one night when a monster of a buck came out with ghostly white tines, the problem was that it was out of range. I have to agree with you that you need to gain as much information one can get by studying the deer and their movements. I happened to not see that buck again, but just because you don't see him again doesn't mean he left. With age those old bucks get smarter, only until rut they grow denser.
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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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