When it comes to hunting whitetail deer, one of the most important aspects may be scouting. This can be done during the off-season or right before the start of the season, but in season scouting is important as well. Preseason scouting may not always produce the results you expected, so using some proven in-season scouting techniques could prove crucial to landing the buck that you desire.
Trying to figure out bedding areas and feeding areas and then finding a corridor between them is a good preseason tactic. This, however, will not always produce the results you are seeking, no matter how well your scouting turned out. Something to keep in mind as that the visible features of the woods can change annually. Falling trees can provide for blocked trails and crop fields can be rotated, which are only a couple of the things that can lead to a difference in the location of these whitetail deer. By scouting during the season and not solely relying on past season signs you can give yourself a greater advantage in achieving the buck you seek.
At mid-day whitetails aren’t as likely to be roaming around, which presents a good time to take the same scent free precautions that you would when preparing for a hunt. The variety of food sources in the surrounding areas of the location that you are hunting from could have a great deal to do with the movement that will take place within your hunting area. By relying on signage from past seasons you could find that it may turn out to be nothing more than a waste of your time. There could be something obstructing the passage to the area that was not there previously, and by doing some scouting you will find that the signs from the previous year may no longer be valid.
Since whitetail deer are more easily found where there is food that they can feast on, it is also important to remember that most oak trees do not produce acorns on a yearly basis. What this means is that a place that was good for hunting the previous season may not provide the same results this time around. By scouting an area for an oak tree that is producing acorns this season, you should easily be able to find the whitetail that you seek. Don’t forget to take precautions to enter and leave the area without leaving your scent behind though, as ignoring this factor could lead to the deer being spooked and taking off from the area before you have a chance to even know they were there.
Something that can help in these modern days of hunting is also having your own GPS tracking system. By having such a system you can scout an area and when you find somewhere that looks as if it could present a good location for catching the buck that you desire, you can mark it with your GPS system for easy locating the next day.
Here are some interesting facts about these deer that many of you hunting whitetail deer may find intriguing. It is estimated that one in every 30,000 deer is an albino. Being a recessive trait, the gene must be carried by both parents for a baby to be born with albinism. Does will normally give birth to twins or triplets, although quadruplets are born as well on occasion. The largest recorded body weight of a whitetail deer is currently 511 pounds. There are said to be about 38 sub-species of whitetail deer. They live an average of 8 to 11 years and will shed their antlers annually, usually between December and February. A whitetail deer has the capability of running up to 40 miles per hour. They are also the most plentiful big game animal in all of North America. They can clear an 8 foot hurdle from a standing position and are also known to be very good swimmers.
While these may be some interesting facts, you can also apply some of this knowledge for use in your scouting tactics and your planning to catch the buck of your desire. Hunting whitetail deer may be exciting, but can also lead to a full freezer that can provide a year’s worth of meals.