Opening Day Strategies: Fill Your Tag Early

Posted by: Dustin DeCroo on Sep 23, 2012
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3. Trail Camera Scouting

Today, trail cameras are an incredible tool but they weren’t readily available to earlier generations of deer hunters.  As hunting ground has become harder to acquire, many hunters are forced to travel for hours to their hunting ground. Having a trail camera in the area to capture daily events while you are hard at work is very advantageous.

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Don't over look the importance of using scouting cameras to keep up on feeding and bedding habits and when they change.

During the early season, when deer are still using a summer travel pattern, you can utilize a camera in order to determine what time and which direction deer are moving in. Not only does it help to understand where deer are going, you can also plan your hunts according to a particular wind when you know what trail they are using.

4. Scouting in Real Time

While trail cameras are great resource for hunters, “on-site” scouting cannot be replaced. Although many hunters rely heavily on trail-cameras to tell them what type of deer is on their property, they may be missing some important information if scouting is limited strictly to camera surveillance. For example, one late summer evening spent over-looking a food plot with a set of binoculars can tell you things that a summer’s worth of trail camera photos will not. 

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Sometimes a day spent "scouting" can be more productive than actually hunting.

Not only can you watch from a distance, but you also keep from disturbing the deer on your hunting ground. Seeing a photo isn’t quite as exciting as laying your own eyes on that velvet monster.  Scouting is a great opportunity to involve kids and family in the hunt as well.

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2 Comments on "Opening Day Strategies: Fill Your Tag Early"

Re: Opening Day Strategies: Fill Your Tag Early #
the segment on early deerhunting was great to read thanks yall are awesome.
Posted by Larry scott on 10/7/2012 1:22:49 PM
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I harvested a buck first morning in a spot that i did not scout all year. Luck is nice to have.
Posted by Jay Barris on 10/14/2012 4:22:53 PM

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