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Thread: What to be looking for when scouting?

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    108 ranch

    Re: What to be looking for when scouting?

    My suggestion is to get the record book of BC ...In your management hunting area see the locations in the record book of the species you"re after and it should give you some locations ...In your MU walk the areas and look for rubs...This is where the deer are during Nov and Dec ...They might migrate after heavy snow to a different area to winter...They winter in Mature Douglas fir and pine stands ...Old log blocks next to mature forests is a good starting point..My area is near the hwy about a mile to 3 away..These areas tend to be protected from logging because they are mule deer winter range...Also a trip to the Forestry dept in your town closest to your area should let you know of deer winter areas..Areas that have sheds can be good hunting and also can be poor hunting ..Its all weather dependent ...In my area I dont find many sheds ...The odd one but.....there are some big deer there ..The numbers of deer now in some traditional areas has really thinned ..Why because of all the logging of beetle kill ...What was mature barren forest now is sucession feed areas ...They used to migrate from there to further away ...Now they have logged regen blocks and mature timber to winter so they stay more resident.....One thing I have noticed is that now the big bucks tend to be daytime shy more and move more in timber and late in the day or very early..Good luck hope I've helped ...Dennis

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Re: What to be looking for when scouting?

    If you are hunting early in the season then finding current sign preseason helps. If you won't be coming back until the rut then all the current preseason sign can be meaningless. Deer will adjust their prefered locations, times, and browse quickly when conditions change (including human intrusion). So keep this in mind when scouting. I prefer to see scouting as an opportunity to get to know an area rather than specifically looking for deer. Then you use the sign to try and gauge how the deer use the area. The more pieces you can put together then the better your chances of finding the deer when you need to find them (in all seasons).

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