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Google Earth

Good scouting uses a combination of both aerial and ground scouting. Google Earth has become an indispensable tool for trophy hunters. Not only will it give you a good idea where the brush patches are, but it also reveals food sources and travel funnels.


The Stink Buck

Photo courtesy of Apple Creek Whitetails

The bucks, for their part, secrete their own strong hormones to help induce the females to ovulate. Researchers have long understood the effects of male odors on hormone levels in females, and have found that the length and timing of the menstrual cycles are markedly influenced by odors produced by males. This is why big bucks will always enter the field upwind of the doe herd. Not only does this promote estrous, but also the buck can visually detect even the slightest sign of sexual arousal his scent might be causing in the doe.


Intuition Vs Analysis

Photo courtesy of Apple Creek Whitetails

You have a gut feeling and then you analyze it. Now it doesn’t seem like such a good idea.

Do you go with your gut feeling?

Or do you slip into analysis paralysis?

The challenge is not to talk yourself out of your intuition. The challenge is to defend your instinct and then go for it.


Keep a Journal

Observations aren’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. Journaling can make all the difference in hunting.


Persistence Isn’t

Persistence isn’t hunting the same area with the same tactics over and over. That type of hunting is both boring and annoying.

Persistence is having the same goal over and over.

But the goal isn’t to harvest a buck.

The harvest of the buck is the result of doing things right.


Look for the Questions

Apple Creek Whitetails Photo

Good scouting is not so much looking for the 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.


Scent Elimination Clothes and Sprays

Photo courtesy of Apple Creek Whitetails

Many hunters are showing little consideration for wind direction due to the invention of scent eliminating sprays and clothing. While these products keep us from stinking up the whole place, they are not the answer to the entire problem.

Most human scent comes from our breath and the sebaceous glands behind our ears and these products do little to help those areas.

I use these products whenever I go into the field. They help a great deal in keeping my passive scent undetected.

However the old-fashioned way of staying downwind of the deer is the only true way to keep your scent away from the deer.


Double your Efforts

Photo courtesy of Apple Creek Whitetails

It’s a matter of numbers only 1 out of 20 bucks will ever reach trophy status. Most areas just don’t contain enough deer to produce trophies year in and year out. Once the buck pool is drained in one area. It is time to increase and improve our hunting efforts.
If there’s a shortage of bucks in your area, means it is going to be rare to see big bucks.
What this tells me is that I need to double my efforts in scouting and locating new areas for big bucks.

Dig a Pit

Photo courtesy Apple Creek Ranch

One of the oldest and most successful methods of hunting deer is rarely used nowadays. I’m talking about hunting out of pits.
Back in my youth, I found an arrowhead on the West shore of Lake Coeur d’ Alene. I was looking around for more arrowheads when I found a shallow pit built with rock’s against a slide some 20 yards away. What I had discovered was an ancient Indian hunting blind. Digging shallow pits or making rock blinds near a deer trail was a common hunting tactic of Native Americans.
Hunting deer from a pit is as effective today as it was back there. The pit not only helps to keep your scent from spreading around but the low-profile does wonders to keep the deer from being spooked.
If you’re hunting in an area where treestands are not possible, you might want to think about digging a pit.
– Jim