Scouting – Trails

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39.jpgDeer, especially does and fawns, travel regular paths for long periods of time, often using the same routes between feeding and bedding areas. Trails can become bare and trampled to the ground. The savvy hunter knows that if he finds and watches a well-worn trail littered with fresh tracks, sooner or later he will spot deer.

But upon scouting out a good trail or “run” you must be careful. If deer pick up human scent on or around a trail, they might quit using it and shift to another travel pattern. Therefore, don’t walk along a deer trail, and try not to cross one on the hike into stand. Also, stay on the downwind side of a trail when scouting or hunting.

hunting.scout.general.trails1.jpgEarly in the morning and late in evening are the best times to watch for deer moving along trails. At middy, most deer bed in cover.

Doe trails are easy to find. They are often trampled to the ground and wind throughout the woods. Buck trails, however, are often faint and in dense cover. A buck likes to walk a straight line from Point A to Point B. During the rut you’ll often find a buck prowling on the downwind side of a doe trail.

Scout for deer trails with fresh tracks throughout the season. It takes constant monitoring to understand the ever-changing patterns and routines of whitetails.


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