Good scouting is not so much looking for answers as it is looking for the questions. In nature nothing is random and nothing happens by accident. The when and the where are a lot easier to figure out if we know what makes the wheel go around.
It is impossible to be a good investigative hunter without keeping a log or journal. Observation isn’t enough, especially when you’re scouting multiple properties. Notes are necessary. All details should be noted, even some that may seem unimportant at the time.
Remember the old adage, “make notes, take notes, and never forsake notes.”
A good place to start is to keep a hunting log or journal. You’ll want to record as much information as possible—both the important and unimportant details (perhaps especially the unimportant details).
We need to be able to adjust our strategies to keep in step with changes in deer behavior. We can only do this through careful observation. We must choose to be as good an observer as a hunter.