Don’t educate your deer

I used to believe that the more I scouted in the preseason, the better hunter I could be when the season began.

The more I’ve read over the years, the less I’m believing that notion to be true.

Is scouting important? Yes, sure it is. But the key is to be smart while scouting. Years ago I’d make multiple trips a week into the woods checking trail cameras, searching for rubs, or just looking for areas to hunt. I may have been making the biggest mistake as a hunter.

As I drudged through the woods, I was probably educating the deer. What would happen if a bear walked around your house every third morning? You’d probably move. Well, guess what a deer would do if it found human scent, or even saw a person periodically in its range. Yep, it may move too.

So, this year more than ever I’m being as patient as I can in my hunting areas. I still have trail cameras on trails I hope will tell me deer are traveling, but I’m checking them far less then I have in years past.

The key is to be patient while scouting, and if you go into the woods, go in and out quietly. There’s no need to announce to the deer before the season begins that you will be hiding in his area come hunting season.



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