09-20-2011, 01:12 PM
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B&C 180 Class
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Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: North-Central Missouri
Well Vikingjohn... welcome from Missouri! First off, where are you from? There are alot of guys on here from all over the U.S.A. that can help you with your state's regulations. If you're from Missouri, I can definately help you!
The most popular way to scout for deer these days is through trail cams. Personally I use 3 trail cams on about 250 acres of property. If you don't want to spend the money on them, then do it the old fashioned way, and scout them yourself.
Do you have access to property to hunt, or are you going to be hunting public land? Not saying you should use this as a crutch, but MANY farmers and landowners would love to let you use their land to hunt if they found out you were a veteran! I was in the ARMY National Guard for 4 years myself.
Right now would be a good time to scout in the early evening hours and early morning hours to pick up on how the deer are moving. This is the time of the year where they are patterned pretty well and they tend to have a particular routine they are used to day in and day out. (NOT saying they won't change that routine though) If you are hunting wooded lands, then I would suggest getting scent free and scouting the woods during the early afternoon hours (around 12-2pm) Typically during those two hours, this time of year, deer are bedded down somewhere. (That's also NOT saying they won't bed up for longer, or be up and about during that time). As you can tell, deer are unpredictable in every sense. If you are just going to rifle hunt, then you have plenty of time to prepare yourself for the rifle season! In alot of states, bow hunting has already started. It started here in MO on the 15th of this month.
If you'll give us somemore feedback on what type of land your hunting and how many acres and location (state) I'm sure we can help you out more!
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