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Postby missed mallards » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:42 pm

I’ve never spent much time scouting in the heat of the summer. With that said, I’ll be pursuing game in areas I’ve never set foot in before.

I figure I’ll start out with boots on the ground finding the beds (hopefully find one) Take some cameras and hang on some trails and spend a little time watching the bean fields in the evenings.

What do y’all do in the summer?


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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby gtk » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:59 am

missed mallards wrote:What do y’all do in the summer?

try my best to stay out of the heat :thumbsup:

when i was younger, i would run cameras almost year round, bushhog, scout, & just look for deer. Nowadays, i don't get too excited until there is a coolness in the air :)

sitting behind a desk all these years has made me soft :?
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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby flipper » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:37 am

I’ll wait a little while longer before putting cameras out. I know my area pretty good, and how they move, so I’m mostly interested in what is out there. I don’t bow hunt any more, so my scouting is done late September early October. Saw a couple of good bucks in one of our hayfields yesterday.


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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby Kev1 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:55 am

Since I hunt a lot of public land I try to get out at least once a month in the areas I hunt just to see what kind of activity is going on, road conditions, and any cuts or burns. Since I do hunt public tracts I have noticed that once the season gets closer and activity picks up the deer usually change their pattern, so I guess I’m torn on how much good it does to scout during the summer. Just gives me a excuse to get out and tromp through the woods I guess.


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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby triple_duece » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:21 pm

Scouting during the summer is a waste of time IMO. If your serious about scouting the best times are February and March.
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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby missed mallards » Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:42 pm

I spent a good bit of time in February and March on trails. Now I want to “see” or inventory the bucks in that area as the experts state it.

Hadn’t really trekked through too much timber in the last few yrs. trying to get back I in it and am doing it a lot differently than in yes past.




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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby chadbragg » Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:24 am

I run cams year round on feeders and minerals. I'm constantly in the woods bushogging plots and trails so I have a good idea on what the deer are doing. Image


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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby brewer03 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:53 pm

for a new piece of land summer time scouting does help you learn the lay of the land just keep in mind that once the season gets closer and more pressure is applied the deer will definetly change their routines...
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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby bigsteve » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:24 am

I have learned that the less time you can be in your hunting area you are better off having targeted mature deer for several years don't go until you plan to kill something and then when conditions are the very best

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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby stickers » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:55 pm

I sit in the truck every afternoon if I can with spotting scope binoculars with the A/C going and watch bean fields. Sometimes I have a beverage or two. I am still amazed after all these years of how many deer never leave these fields except to get water.
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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby bigsteve » Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:46 pm

Yep they are away from the bugs and the beans provide cover and shade and for us old folks the air is nice

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Re: Summer time scouting?

Postby LadyHunter » Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:27 am

I generally stay out unless there is work to be done during the hot months. The less disturbed the better. We bush hog and plant summer and winter plots. I do run cameras, but only check the every few weeks.


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