Scouting – Tracks

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A mature buck’s tracks are usually larger than a doe’s and obviously dwarf a fawn’s. An old buck’s hoof prints may measure 5 1/2 inches from front tip to dewclaws. Also, buck tracks are wide and splayed. Though sexing deer by their tracks is not an exact science, many big-buck hunters key on noticeably big, fresh tracks.

Doe tracks tend to meander through the woods. Adult bucks do not have time for strolling about, so their tracks generally run in a fairly straight line. In light snow, a buck drags his front feet and leaves drag marks. But in deep snow both buck and does drag their feet.


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