Scouting Whitetail Deer Part 1: Intro To Scouting

well it's officially the offseason for

us spring turkey hunting is right around

the corner and what I want to cover is

in depth not just quick brief you

anybody that's been a fan of our show or

watch episodes that I've done you know I

hunt a lot of edges points frontals and

I want to do something different this

year on do something very in-depth

really show you guys some of the stuff

that we're doing here and how we're

going about scouting and we're going to

be showing you a lot of different aerial

photos we're going to be going into the

field showing things that we're looking

for when scouting for this fall's

whitetail hunt now it doesn't matter

where you are in a country you could be

in the prairies of South Dakota you

could be down in Texas to be in

Wisconsin here in the Midwest and

whitetails they do the same thing they

have the same pattern and what I mean by

that is yes their food source is going

to change your bedding the type of

habitat they made better and changes but

they're always going to have the same

pattern what I mean by that is you're

going to have a point a that's going to

be their bedding location then you're

going to have a point B that's going to

be the travel corridor a travel route

that they're using the head to the point

C which is going to be the food source

it doesn't matter where you are in a

country you're going to have that point

a B and C and that's what we're going to

do we're going to break this down we're

going to show you the different stuff

that we're looking for an during that

travel route to the food source from the

beds now where they are between that

point a the bedding and Point C the food

source and where we're going to set up

is going to change throughout the year

and that's what we're going to kind of

cover is is during the early season you

don't want to be tight to that bedding

location at Point a it has the rut kicks

in these Bucks are looking for dough's

they're really starting to chase these

those you might want to start moving out

towards that point see that food source

because those Bucks are really going to

be kind of trading near those food

sources looking for those we're also

going to be covering where you want to

set up and scout for agriculture when

you're hunting corn soybeans different

food sources food plots we're also going

to be covering a lot of what I always

refer to as public land and I know

through the years people have you know

ki said ah Josh always mentions there

says the word public land I'm not

talking about hunting necessarily a

heavily pressured area

the people associated with public land I

use it to describe the geographical

location if that makes sense

what I'm talking about is your large

tracts of timber their unbroken there's

no roads no developments in there

there's no field in there or hunting

large swamps or cattail marshes where

you don't have the roads you don't have

broken up with a bunch of other pieces

of property I'm using it to describe a

large area 600 acres or more whenever

you can refer to public land that's

because here in Wisconsin when you find

those areas 99% of the time that's on

public land so we're going to go now

when we start breaking this stuff down

trying to show you what we're looking

for and how we go about finding our

spots for this fall we first want to

start our scouting by what we call cyber

scouting it's getting online looking at

aerial photos looking at Google Earth

looking at topographical maps and you

know hunting large blocks of property or

timber or marsh whatever it may be

we're don't we go and where do we start

looking by narrowing down where do we

start putting boots on the ground and

that's through a process elimination

what we mean by that is I want to look

at the areas that I don't want to be

hunting at so I want to start crossing

off those areas and pretty soon as you

start crossing off those areas you start

seeing a location or an area of where

you want to start further scouting so

those areas that we don't want to be

going into are going to be areas that

are very close to the road on this

especially true on your large timber


the reason being is why would a buck put

up with pressure when you can just move

another mile two miles back in and get

away from pressure now if you're hunting

more agriculture property that rule

might be an exception you might find

bucks close to the road they're trying

to get away from the pressure that's

back in agriculture along the fields and

then timber where the terrain is more

broken up those deer might be closer to

the road but when you're talking big

timber you want to start looking further

back in if that makes sense they're able

to get further back into an area where

there's nobody going to be going into so

I want to avoid areas that are close to

the road I want to avoid areas that are

up to being like a trailhead meaning

you're driving down a logging road and

it just comes to a stop that has a

tendency to funnel hunters also

everybody wants to go far in everybody

wants to go deep any all access that

same point so when you find those trail


chances are at night when you come

walking on I know a bunch of you have

seen this there's a bunch of trucks

parked you go in in the morning there's

nobody you come back on at night there's

a bunch of trucks their beer learn that

they know those access points what we

like doing it is not parking at a

trailhead start driving down a logging

road stop literally halfway in that

logging road and then cut in from there

park somewhere in there don't go all the

way to the end because that's where your

access points are for other hunters also

that theory holds true because I think a

lot of guys are just afraid of getting

lost you'll hear a lot of people talk

about how they get way back in there but

truth truth be told most guys don't go

more than a quarter-mile maybe even a

half mile back into the further timber

further into the swamp and you can

pretty much have that area to yourself

so start eliminating areas and you're

going to start seeing locations that is

not easily accessible that's low on

hunting pressure and where these deer

will start to get filtered and pushed