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bigcatfish
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Question About Deer Hunting

I was taught once deer season started you stayed out of the woods as much as possible. You go to the stand, drag deer if needed and pretty much that’s it. Do any of you go “scouting” during season? By this I mean walking the property looking for sign. I was taught that screws up hunting for not only you but others that hunt the same property.


ChadJones4Heisman
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
If you’re gonna do any in season scouting you better know the lay of the land and use wind to your advantage. Also great to do on rainy days to cover up your scent.

That said, if you get to boogering deer in their bedding areas, it could spell trouble for you going forward


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LSUA 75
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
That’s what I believe,less activity n the woods during the season,the better.


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Marciano1
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
I mean, the less walking around, the better but if you're gonna deer hunt a new area, you pretty much have to do some scouting. As long as you don't go kicking leaves and sprint through the woods, you can still scout and be successful during deer season.


Salmon
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
Yes I will still scout during season, but I try to save those days for when it’s super windy or right before a big rain.


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257WBY
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
Scout coming and going from the stand.

On a rainy day, put on a rain suit and go slipping. Notice the rubs and scrapes.

Let the cameras scout for you.

Hunt observation stands on occasion.


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Junky
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
Most places, probably. It depends on the primary use of the property. Ours is a farm first, so if we need to go check fences or whatever, that comes first. To hell with the deer.

Thing is, deer are trained to that activity. They hear tractors and 4 wheelers all the time. It really doesn’t make a difference here. We always see them around.


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Jack Daniel
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
This applies to all year. Deer do not have a calendar and know when deer season is open or closed.

Human intrusion should always be limited regardless of time of year, it’s never good to spook deer.


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REB BEER
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
We have members that look for scrapes during the rut to hunt. I guess in their minds a horny buck will ignore human scent to chase does. IDK if it works or not, but I don’t do it.


Mizooag94
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Member since Sep 2018
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
I walk out my back door to hunt. They say not to hunt scrapes. Well, we have shot a lot of nice deer working scrapes...I mean what should I do, move my stand? Scrapes are everywhere.


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dat yat
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
It depends. Sometimes all you need to do is be patient in good spots.

For public land or a new property, scouting and changing your aproach may be the ticket. Just the other day I carved a new trail on my place to a hillside overlooking a slough/creek bottom with trails, hooking and pawing everywhere.
I won't hunt it for a week or so, but after seeing only small deer at my established stands I decided to try a new angle.

It may pay off before 2/15 when the season ends.


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jchamil
Member since Nov 2009
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
quote:

As long as you don't go kicking leaves and sprint through the woods, you can still scout and be successful during deer season.


Pretty much exactly what happened taking my 5 year old with me the last two times I’ve gone. It’s worth it though to see how happy he is to finally not get left behind when daddy goes hunting


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FowlGuy
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
If you hunt public land like I do, it dosent matter. I’m a real world, it would be great if everyone did this. But from my experience, from sitting on a stand and trail cameras, people are everywhere at all times the day on public land.


DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
I think it mostly hinges on the place. You can't go from never there to dicking around all day 3 days a week for 3 months and expect the deer to not care.

At the same time, you gotta enjoy the place. You can sit on your arse inside at the house. I think you should be in the woods the entire day when you do have the chance to. Just don't be rooting around all day.


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A_bear
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
I don’t know how you would even hunt public land without scouting during the season. I’m sure not going in the woods unless to go to the stand is fine when you’re sitting over a corn pile, but when you can’t bait and draw the deer to you, you have to go find them. I usually hunt the morning, scout mid day so I don’t mess up other hunters, and I’ll either stay for the evening hunt or just call it a day after scouting for a bit. But I scout at least a little bit, probably 90% of the days I go to the woods.
My scouting is basically still hunting though. I’m not out there stomping through the woods making unnecessary noise. I’m still trying to kill a deer while I’m scouting.


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hogdaddy
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
I do my Deer scouting during Squirrel season.


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geauxbrown
Louisiana Tech Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2006
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
Depends on several factors.

Size of the property. I own 100 acres. I don’t scout it once season begins. I use cell cameras to try and limit my foot print.

I hunt a place that’s just under 2,000 acres. Yes, I scout during the season and move cameras periodically.

Terrain plays a role. Can you glass from a distance (high line, gas line, long roads)

The smaller the property, the less time I spend on it walking around


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TheDrunkenTigah
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re: Question About Deer Hunting
Deer hate change, and can get used to anything if it happens enough. They will feed on the side of an interstate next to traffic, because the traffic is always there. We try to maintain areas of the property where no one goes, ever. The rest of it we’ll ride or walk without much thought. Whatever you do just be consistent in doing it.


geauxtigs99
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NY
Member since Dec 2005
1103 posts

re: Question About Deer Hunting
Depends on time of season. Early season and rut I am in and out as quiet as I can. Late season up here when the snow starts to stick I will put my face to the wind and take my time moving in and around bedding areas.


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