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DALLAS ROBINSON, Hollidaysburg, scouted this buck for two years before getting a shot during the 2011 bow season. Robinson said he knew the buck was around by tedious scouting. Two days after taking this buck he was out scouting for his 2012 buck.

feel is a good rut location during my winter scouting, I often put up a stand there early in the following season, knowing I’ll not use it for several weeks. Then when signs of the rut begin to appear, I have only to pop into an already established stand in a potentially hot location. Winter scouting is much more productive than fall scouting, because the lack of foliage allows you to see small openings in thick cover and much more detail overall. If you wait until August and September to scout for possible hunting sites, you’ll find the foliage is so heavy it makes it difficult to determine where the best opportunities may be. That is what makes the January through March period so important. When you are selecting potential hunting sites keep in mind the direction of deer travel, the wind and the sun. If you are right-handed try to set your stand on the left side of the area in which you feel the deer might appear, facing away from the direction of travel. This position will allow a shot as the deer passes, giving a quartering away shot without having to turn your body, minimizing your movement and lessening the chances of the deer seeing you. Also consider the position of the sun, as you want to avoid it being in your eyes when you are in the stand. Look for stand locations that provide you with back cover. Nothing will spook a deer faster than spotting your silhouette against the skyline. If I have done my homework and preparation correctly, when October rolls around I’m ready to hit the ground running. Based on the deer sign I saw in January through March, and depending upon my past experience in the area, I should have made some excellent choices in stand locations. During late October and November food sources change and the rut kicks in. While
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these factors can greatly impact deer movement, I have compensated by selecting stand locations for these changing conditions based upon my past experience and winter scouting. I have early season stands and late season stands pre-selected and often already set before the season starts. This allows me to match the changing conditions without missing a beat. I think it is important to note that I use multiple treestands, ladder stands, tri-pods and ground blinds, depending upon the situation. I try to avoid the mistake of putting my stand in a tree that is a “good tree” but is in the wrong spot. I pick the spot first and then decide what I need to do to hunt from that location. If that means using a ground blind or a tri-pod, then that is what I do. You can never stop learning about the ground where you hunt and you can never have too much information. Remember, the land changes each season. Trees die, food supplies change, thickets mature and open up, and surrounding development all impact deer populations and patterns. To make the most of your hunting time, make sure you keep current with these changes and how they impact the deer movement in your hunting area. Expand your scouting methods to include winter scouting and you should experience a marked improvement in your hunting success. 
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