3 Payoffs for Scouting in February – TenPoint Crossbows
3 Payoffs for Scouting in February
The season is over, or soon to be, for whitetail hunters across the country. Whether or not you’ve let a crossbow arrow fly to put meat in the freezer or antler on the ground doesn’t matter mush any more. All passionate deer hunters alike must now wait six to seven months before we can feed that fire once more. But your work is far from over. In fact, it never really stops if you want to stack the odds in your favor to improve or continue to experience success when the 2017 archery season rolls around. Here are 3 things you should be doing this time of year:
This time of year is one of the best possible times to put boots on the ground and do some heavy scouting. The branches are bare and the leafy green foliage that might cover the forest floor is all but gone. If you’re lucky and live in the north, you’ll likely have snow on the ground, which is the icing on the cake for pristine scouting opportunities.
Where deer walk through the woods, the trails they stamp down will be obviously apparent. Now you know where the deer tend to move. Find a trail that is more matted down than another and now you know where they PREFER to walk. Follow those trails in one direction and you’re bound to come across one of two things: either a food source or a bedding area. Both of which, are crucial to learning the deer in your area and how they use the property you’re hunting. Bedding areas will also be readily visible if you’ve got snow.
Keep your eyes peeled for that “white gold”! Bucks across the country have begun to shed their antlers. If you want another great way to keep inventory of the bucks using the property you hunt, finding their sheds is one very exciting way to do that!
The importance to this is that now you know where and how the deer will most often be traveling to and from their bedding areas, which enables you to locate the perfect stand location. Now, you’re set up beautifully for when hunting season opens up in the fall of 2017.