For 50 years, the author has seriously studied, scouted and hunted whitetail deer. He is probably the leading proponent, and practitioner, of thorough scouting. Ninety percent of his total hunting and hunting-related effort involves scouting … to get to know the terrain, the cover, the food sources and the animal movement patterns as intimately as possible.
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1. DEFINE YOUR HUNTING GOALS
Improving Your Odds • The Right Attitude • Accepting the Hunting Tool’s Limitations • Hunting a Specific Animal • Solving for Success
2. SCOUTING YEAR ROUND
Don’t Misread Kill Totals • Know the Land • Scout With a Purpose • Necessity of an Open Mind • November • December • Fly the Area • Analyze Your Photos • Main Part of Winter • Spring Scouting • Shed Antlers • Just Looking • Early Summer/Summer • Preseason Scouting • Patterning • Morning Trails & Evening Trails • Doe Trails & Buck Trails • Are There “Hotspots”? • Are Primary Scrapes Generally Found in Thick Cover
3. PREPARING YOURSELF & YOUR EQUIPMENT
Over-bowing • Why I Use My Particular Shooting Style • Equipment Setup • Does Bob Fratzke Miss Shots?
4. HUNTING SEASON
During the Season Scout More Than Hunt • Early Season Hunting • Effect of Stress – Better Morning Hunting • Evening Hunting • First-Time Stands • Hunting the Rut • Hunt Does • Scrapes & Scrape Hunting • Set-Up Areas • Scrape Checking • Moon Phases & Sex Lure Placement • Weather • Movement & Sound • Sixth Sense • Effects of Spooking a Deer • Distance Judging • Taking a Second Shot • Hunt With a Partner
5. LATE SEASON HUNTING
Dress Right/Think Right • Treestands in Winter
6. TREESTANDS, CAMOUFLAGE, SCENTS & SUCH
Why Take Your Stand Out? • Camouflage • Cleanliness & Scents
7. GETTING LANDOWNER PERMISSION
The Key to Good Hunting
8. MOCK SCRAPING CHANGED MY HUNTING
Where to Position Mock Scrapes • The Making of a Mock Scrape • Licking Branch Set-Up • Seasonal Use Changes • A Nudge with a Pruning Shears • A Nudge with a Log • In Summary
9. THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS
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