Planning the Hunt
Your first REAL hunt of the season!
- Look for the easiest, safest routes
- Watch for obstacles, (streams, cliffs, ravines, etc.)
- Check our camping spots, rest areas, facilities & roads
- Note location of houses, farm buildings, highways
Often overlooked in the scouting process is getting to know the people in your hunt area.
- Get on a first-name basis with people in the area
- Ask about wildlife, weather, terrain & access
- Note the human patterns such as school bus stops, rancher checking his livestock, etc.
- Make local contacts to check conditions just prior to your hunt
- Obtain permission to retrieve game on adjacent land
Conduct your scouting just like a hunt.
- Survey the area as close to the time of your actual hunt as is possible
- Look for tracks, scat, dusting & wallow areas, rubs & scrapes
- Note well-used game trails, feeding & watering areas
- Watch for other wildlife that use your hunt area