Take a deep breath you are in the right spot. First things first use Google maps, Yahoo maps, Live Search maps, etc... and get an over feel of the land with true compass barrings. Mark all water, dense thickets , oak trees, honey suckle and everything else such as GOOD rubs and old scrapes. At this time of year you need to get this done FAST (no more than a week of disturbance). Be sure to mark all good trails with compass direction of travel and any big buck tracks. Now is the fun part when you are done use your map and connect the dots. After identifying travel corridors, bedding areas, staging areas, etc... now you place cameras to help you with travel times. You have the does so the bucks will come. Do not worry about big bucks right now because come fall pattern all will change. Also locate any major food sources off your property like corn and soy beans. It is too easy to get side tracked without using this method. By using a map and connecting dots it will make your season one to remember as well as give you a better understanding as to the most important question of why the deer are on certain trails at certain times and not at other times. Early season water and protein are number 1#. You said you have no time? Make time!
Last edited by wmi; 08-03-2009 at 09:26 AM.