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Fresh snow makes deer trails and feeding
activities very obvious. While the season
might be over, February and March still are
opportune for scouting next year's buck.

activity is a good indicator of future
activity.

AFTER-SEASON SCOUTING

These staging areas are worth considering as future stand sites. They could be
excellent spots.
I have killed multiple bucks based on
information I gained when tracking a buck
the previous year.
Also, as the season progresses, you'll
find new rubs and scrapes, and you might
notice them pop up in the same areas, year
after year.
That's not to say exactly the same tree
will be rubbed, or a scrape will be under
exactly the same branch, but the same
general areas often are used perennially.
It's usually not the same buck creating
sign, but there is something about the area
that causes bucks to use it, year after year.
It's not always predictable.
I have seen areas filled with scrapes
and rubs each year, for years on end, then
go dead for a year or two, only to get hot
again a year later.
There is no guarantee, but existing
54

After all deer seasons close, the countryside quiets and deer eventually regroup
to ride out winter. They focus primarily on
available food and adequate cover.
January, February and March are
excellent times to scout your hunting area.
Deer sign will be more concentrated,
and trails more clearly defined as deer
hang out in considerably smaller areas.
Sign also becomes easier to see.
The ground might be snow-covered or
soft and muddy, and in either case, trails
and beds are easier to spot.
The absence of leafy understory cover
also makes it easier to see how the ground
flows and interconnects, and how deer
trails relate to the terrain.
This is an excellent time to select
potential tree-stand locations, which will
be more difficult to identify when trees
are full of leaves.
Wintertime scouting also allows for a
quick assessment of available deer.
Tracks and deer droppings will indicate
the size of some of the deer. And finding
shed antlers helps answer how many
bucks remain, and how big they might be.
But remember, too, that deer relocate
depending upon the herd's size, doe numbers and the availability of food.
If you don't see much buck sign at this
time, it doesn't mean bucks won't be there
in the fall.
Trail cameras are helpful in getting
a feel for the size and health of the deer
remaining. But again, an absence of buck



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