Scouting Tips Whitetail Properties

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This is one of the great whitetail properties I hunt in Kansas.

I have been doing some shed hunting lately and walking a couple of my favorite whitetail properties. Have you done any post season scouting where you hunt?

Post Season Scouting Whitetail Properties

There are a few things that can really help when post season scouting your whitetail properties. To save time and limit your hard work it helps to have maps. Some of the most helpful are aerial, topographical and plat maps. Aerials are awesome they not only show the deer hunting property you have access to but the surrounding ones as well. They show pinch points, funnels, food sources, bedding areas, and travel routes. Topo maps show elevation and help finding ridges and valleys, creeks and roads and even show where the trees are at on your whitetail properties. Topo maps can be a very useful for post season scouting.

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Finding numerous rubs in a isolated area near the bedding area made this post season scouting trip worth the effort.

Plat maps show property lines, rivers, roads and property owners. All these maps can come in very handy and save you time. Do you use any of these maps? Which one do you depend on the most? In my opinion now is the best time to get out and figure out those big bucks. You don’t have to worry about running the buck to other hunters and with the leaves and foliage not being full you can see old rubs and trails so much better. Plus if you pressure bucks close to deer season you can make them go nocturnal. I would rather do my scouting early and not even have to bother them at all during the fall. The big boys get smart really quick and if you are walking around close to the season and bump him he knows what’s going on and will go nocturnal on you. He didn’t get big by being dumb. If he doesn’t have a clue you are even in the woods in the fall your chances of seeing him will go way up. Study your maps and locate potential hot spots and narrow down the areas you want to check out before you go. Then when you do go focus on these spots looking for old rubs, scrapes, and trials leading to and from the bedding and feeding areas. Don’t focus on the feeding area but on the trails from the feeding area to the bedding area. Locating a funnel on these trails in between the bedding and feeding areas is like hitting the lottery, especially if I find a big rub nearby. The bigger the rub the better. Small bucks don’t very often make big rubs. Also if a find an area with a lot of rubs that can be an awesome spot that can be an area where bucks like to hang out. So get out and do some early scouting you’ll be glad you did.

 

Post Season Scouting Property

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I found this major trail while post season scouting a deer hunting property near my house.

It is a great time to do some post season scouting before all the foliage greens up. Before you know it, it’ll be time to go deer hunting.

I was out on one of the best properties that I have permission to hunt, and I was looking for sheds although I didn’t find any sheds I found some really nice rubs. Somehow I had overlooked them during the season. I don’t like to walk around to much during the season so I don’t disturb the whitetails. I don’t even want them to know I’m there at all.

Post Season Scouting Pays Off

How about your hot-spots, do you do any post season scouting? I always find something that I didn’t know was there during the season, weather it be a nice rub or a scrape line or a nice big white-oak tree. It seems like I always overlook some things during the season. Just yesterday I was out looking for sheds and post season scouting and I found a very nice trail leading from a thick potential bedding area right to a huge food source.

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Nice rub found while post season scouting.

I had walked the property line before and somehow I overlooked that trail. It is possible that the trail wasn’t there when I had scouted the property before the season and the whitetails changed their feeding patterns and made that food source their major source of food. Last year was the first time I had hunted this particular piece of property and I didn’t hunt it as much as I should have. The reason I didn’t hunt it much is because their were sheep on the property and it seemed like every time I hunted it they were all around me. Not that I think they would disturb the whitetails to much, I don’t know I just had other properties to hunt and didn’t have a trail camera on this property because I kept getting hundreds of pictures of sheep. But this season I plan on checking this property out¬† a little better sheep or not, it has everything whitetails need food, water, cover. I might not have realized what a awesome piece of property this is if I hadn’t of been out walking around and found those big rubs. I knew it had potential but I guess I let the sheep run me off. I wonder if sheep come to grunting, rattling, and snort wheezes? I guess I’ll find out this season.