After you decide what you want to hunt and where you
will go to do it, it is time to do some pre-season scouting. The term
scouting refers to time you spend "checking out" the area you
plan to hunt. It may include looking at maps and aerial photos, and it
includes hiking throughout the area to see what it is really like. Scouting
is great fun, and it will increase your chances of being successful when
the actual hunt finally arrives.
Here are a few things to remember when you go scouting:
permission before entering private property
your scouting just like you would a hunt.
the wildlife; note where the animals go, and when they go there.
for sign: tracks, trails, droppings, dusting and wallow areas, rubs and
well-used travel routes, game trails, feeding and watering areas.
other wildlife that use your hunt area. Other animals may give you clues
to where game animals are locatedbut remember that birds and animals
may not use the same area throughout the year. They may live in one area
in summer and a different area in winter.