As deer season comes to a close around the nation, many hunters are left wondering how they can pass the time until turkey season, or even next year’s deer season, arrives.
The end of the season is the perfect time to get back into the woods and prepare for next year through post-season scouting. The closing of the season gives you the opportunity to scout places you were unable to scout during the season for fear of spooking deer. Most of the vegetation has died off allowing you to easily spot trails, scrapes and rubs.
Many hunters tend to hunt the same areas year after year. Take this break to scout new areas. Post-season scouting provides extra time to check out those not-so-likely hotspots without the pressure of locating a deer. Take along a portable GPS or map and mark areas that have potential for next season. You never know where you might find that buck of a lifetime. Scouting now will greatly increase your odds of taking that monster buck next year. Remember: Next season starts right now.