As I am sure you have noticed, Spring has arrived, the weather condition is quickly enhancing, and deer hunting is probably the last thing on your mind. It shouldn’t be because, if you are a passionate deer hunter, now is the best time to get out and search your preferred deer environment because last year’s rubs and scrapes can still be seen and, you will not have to stress about alarming the deer in the area right prior to your huge hunt considering that you will not be hunting that location for numerous months. Spring is the perfect time to search your favorite deer territory given that the foliage is not yet thick sufficient to considerably hinder your view and thus, locating likely bed linen locations is much easier this time of year because all you have to do is find the patches of densest vegetation in any offered location. Likewise it’s much simpler to keep in mind the area of emerging food sources for future reference come Fall and hence, when you have located both bedding locations and favored food sources, all you need to do is search for the trails that connect these two locations in addition to noting the place of any rubs and scrapes left over from last year and you will be well ahead of the game come next Fall.
In truth, when scouting deer area, the 2 elements that you should keep most prominently in your mind are finding bed linen locations and finding food sources. Consequently, you should begin your expedition by finding thickets of thick plants that may serve as possible bedding areas. However, exactly what constitutes a great bed linen area to a deer’s mind? Well, here in the Southeast, if you need either a machete or a chainsaw to cut your way in, then you have actually probably discovered an exceptional bedding area! Hence, when you have actually found such a location, start by entirely circumnavigating it and noting any easy points of ingress or egress and then try to find tails leading to and from those points.
Next, attempt following any such routes you discover to see if they lead to favorite food sources. If not, then attempt broadening your search till you do find one or more favorite food sources then note their place in relation to the bedding location. In addition, as you browse for food sources, it is necessary that you also note the area of any old rubs or scrapes you see along the way due to the fact that, once you have actually found the possible bed linen areas and food sources in an area, you must then try to follow in 2015’s rub and scrape lines in order to determine the buck’s normal path through his area because you will want to find your tree stand or ground blind near those primary scrapes come the rut.
Next, you ought to try to find staging areas that cause funnels in between the bedding locations as well as transition paths between bed linen and feeding areas and note any possible stand places surrounding to them. What constitutes a funnel or shift path you may ask? Well, the response to that concern depends on comprehending the deer’s psyche. You see, because deer are prey animals, they don’t like exposing themselves to see. Now, that’s not to say that they absolutely will not do so since we have all seen deer feeding in a field at dawn or dusk at some time or another. But, given the choice, deer would choose to remain concealed as much as possible. A funnel is location where the dense plants that enables them to stay hidden along one of their chosen routes from the bedding location to a food source or vice versa narrows considerably; thus requiring the deer to take a trip along a narrow passage. Whereas, a transition path is a location where the deer must exit dense cover either momentarily (such as along a power line), or for an extended duration (such as throughout a field), in order to reach their designated destination.
As a result, these high traffic paths ought to be kept in mind as exceptional places for tree stands or ground blinds when not hunting scrape lines or food sources. Last, make note of other possible stand locations for various parts of the season such as travel routes to recognized feeding locations for the early season along with out of the way places such as only trees in agricultural fields or particular trees along fence rows for the October Lull in addition to late season travel routes to and from winter food sources and leave paths for gun season.
In fact, one of the primary benefits of Spring hunting is that you can cover every inch of your hunting location and prepare numerous stand places without disrupting that cautious trophy buck instantly prior to your precious hunting season. By scouting now, you also increase your capability to adjust to changing deer movements without disturbing them immediately prior to your hunt. Plus, with the relative absence of foliage on the trees, you have the ability to see for much greater ranges than you can in the Fall prior to hunting season. If you have not yet searched your preferred deer hunting place yet this Spring, then now is the time to do so!