Pre season scouting

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  1. BowCommander

    BowCommander Weekend Warrior

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    Just wondering how you guys do your pre season scouting of a new spot. About when do you start putting cameras out and putting stands / blinds up? When do you get your bow out and start tuning and shooting? I usually start shooting my bow in August and start doing my scouting in September and I'm starting to think I'm doing things a little later than everyone else.
     
  2. Sota

    Sota Legendary Woodsman

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    I like to get it done early if hanging a new stand summer months rather than early fall. I never put my bow away. Scouting is good year round never stop.
     
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    doublehelix8 Weekend Warrior

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    I never stop scouting. Shed hunting in Feb is my favorite time to scout bedding areas and travel corridors, no bugs to mess with.
     
  4. bowhunter448

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    I look at maps online of areas I want to hunt prior to tag results in May. Then I'll start putting boots on the ground, mostly to see where camp will be, and what accesses look like.
     
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    I'm scouting now while still hunting. running cameras now can tell you what bucks are still alive.
     
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    Our season just ended yesterday and scouting starts now, 24/7.
     
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    BowCommander Weekend Warrior

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    Thanks for the responses. I can see where I'm going wrong lol.

    How far are you guys walking from where you park to your hunting locations?
     
  8. Sota

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    Just past the short grass.:) I hunt where I live so it is easy to scout with no travel time.
     
  9. elkguide

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    Scouting and shooting are fun. Hopefully the fun never stops.

    When winter sets in I plan for what I'm planting and where, and I shoot every day in my basement.
    Just got back home from D ick's Sporting goods looking at what stands are on sale and now trying to decide where I could put one or four more!
     
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    Scouting and shooting are fun. Hopefully the fun never stops.

    When winter sets in I plan for what I'm planting and where, and I shoot every day in my basement.
    Just got back home from D ick's Sporting goods looking at what stands are on sale and now trying to decide where I could put one or four more!
     
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    I go in between 1-3 miles. then I find the thickest and nastiest stuff to hunt around. but on the flip side tonight I am hunting less than a quarter mile from the road. sign and property boundaries will dictate the distance you will need to travel.
     
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    Scouting all the time but it's a main focus from February until June.

    Shooting my bow all the time.

    Trimming lanes before I take the stand down (still fresh in my head) and then re trimming any new growth when I set them back up in June/July.

    Used to run cameras all year but I have taken them down for this winter. Get some cool pictures but I want them to last awhile. They'll be set back up in May.
     
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    Pre-season scouting starts this Thursday....
     
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    Personally directly after the season is when I start scouting and planning for Fall. She'd hunting for me also doubles as scouting trips. Buck sign, sans old rubs and scrapes are still visible and help figuring out travel patterns. I hang new or move sets around after season or most of the time I'm bouncing around during the season trying to close in. I hunt hugh tracts of timber and zero fields so summer scouting is pretty much just sightings. I ran cams most of the year and shoot the Bow on and off during the year but turn up the frequency around August.
     

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