Scouting – Droppings

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Because deer eat many different foods at different times of the year, their scat or “droppings” vary. For example, a buck feeding on apples or other soft mast in early fall will drop dark, moist, clumped pellets. Later in the fall, when a doe eats acorns, her scat will be brown and dry. By examining droppings you can generally tell what deer are feeding on. Then you can move in and set a stand in a hot feeding area.

The bigger the pellets, the bigger the deer that dropped them. Large and small droppings in the same area were left by a mature doe and her fawns. A single pile of large scat is often buck sign.


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