Pennsylvania Game News - January 2012 - 55

Straight from the Bowstring
By John Kasun

Many bowhunters neglect the best time of the year to scout hunting areas .. .

Winter Scouting — A Best Kept Secret
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OR ME, bowhunting is more than a sport, it’s a passion, and I’ve spent my entire life hunting whitetails with a bow. Bowhunting success is dependent upon several factors, such as equipment, hunting techniques and a best kept secret. Bowhunting equipment is what most bowhunters concentrate on. A lot of time is spent talking about selecting and matching the latest bows, arrows and broadheads, and tuning the final set-up for maximum performance. Next we have the endless afternoons spent flinging arrows at distant deer targets. While that is all necessary, it’s actually pretty easy to do, as there are plenty of archery pro shops that can get the equipment working at peak performance, and provide some basic instruction on the fine points of shooting. The amount of practice, of course, is up to the individual. When it comes to hunting techniques, there is tons of information available on scent application, camouflage, making false scrapes, rattling, deer calling, etc. Anyone wanting to learn more about the various hunting techniques has plenty of resources to choose, including DVDs, books and manufacturer’s websites. It would seem this bowhunting thing is pretty much a snap. Well, not quite. There is one area remaining, and that is the best kept secret. It’s one of the most overlooked things a bowhunter can do to increase the chances of success. Actually, the best kept secret is a common sense technique used by successful bowhunters who simply do not share or readily talk about it. That secret is winter scouting. I define winter scouting as the scouting that I do during January, February and March. These months can provide the
P.J. Reilly

RUBS AND SCRAPES can be found in the same general areas year after year providing valuable clues for rut activity. Finding rubs and scrapes during winter scouting trips provides the bowhunter with excellent areas to check out for possible treestand locations come fall.

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