The last update came just after the close of our 2016 whitetail deer season. It has been about a month now since the season closed and we are already wanting the 2017 season to start! Since the close of the season we have got our feet back under us and have started to put together a post season scouting plan. The southern public land location was a great success this past year with tons of good buck sightings throughout the year and this is where we are going to focus our post season scouting efforts.
Our initial process for post season scouting was using ever bit of knowledge we gained throughout the year to give ourselves a rough estimation of where we think some of our target bucks are living. We kind of took a very “wide angle” approach to our hunting this year, so that we could get a sense of where the deer were on this property. Going into our second year on this piece of public land, we want to narrow that approach down to some specific spots. We used an aerial photo and have narrowed down a few areas we want to look at further. Another reason for that “wide angle” approach was to figure out where all the other hunters are. And if you have ever hunted public land, you know that you can find that out fairly quickly.
So, the initial step was to come up with a rough estimation of where we thought the deer were and to find out where the other hunters were. Using that knowledge, we have three sizable areas we want to scout this post season. So, the next step is to, in the next few weeks, put boots on the ground and narrow these areas down even further, with the ultimate goal of finding locations for trail cameras and maybe even a few tentative stand locations. Throughout the next month or so we will take you through the process of how we our doing our post season scouting and what things we are looking for.
In the meantime, we will be doing some much needed shed hunting!!! We have already been out once this year and found a couple nice sheds from bucks that should turn into some really nice deer next year. Here’s to finding a few more over the course of the next few months. Good luck and happy shed hunting.