Whitetail Deer Hunting Preseason Scouting Tips

It’s time to get serious and do some whitetail deer hunting preseason scouting. There are many different scouting tips or techniques that you can use to be more efficient at locating and confirming potential stand or blind locations. Many will help you increase your odds at getting that buck of a lifetime while minimizing your chances of bumping your buck. I would like to share a few of my favorite whitetail deer hunting preseason scouting tips etc.

velvet buck checking out hunter

Velvet buck encountered while scouting.

Some Whitetail Deer Hunting Preseason Scouting Tips

whitetail deer hunting preseason scouting tips

Deer love old field edges and old road beds or logging roads.

I like to keep my presence in the woods to a minimum especially the closer it gets to the season. I don’t want that buck to feel any pressure whatsoever. It’s darn near impossible but the less human presence in the woods the better in my opinion. The first thing I do is get a topographical map of the property and get on Google Earth. I look for natural funnel areas.

Online Scouting

One year in Kansas I scouted a particular piece of property without ever setting foot on it. I located a funnel area between two big lots of timber and I planned my route into the stand location. Using the wind to my favor and the first time I hunted the funnel I saw a huge buck. I didn’t kill him but I came very close just by scouting on Google earth. This is my favorite way to locate hot spots when I hunt public land for sure. By locating funnel areas online I can save myself a lot of time and walking. Just by checking those spots first. Once I arrive at the property and already knowing how to get to those spots by looking at the map.

Food Water Cover

Food, water and cover are all things I like to look for. Not necessarily in that order. If I can find a spot that has all three in close proximity of each other then I like to locate trails going to and from each one. Depending on time of day set up accordingly down wind of these trails. When scouting I look for rubs (fresh or old) and scrapes and deer droppings and trails. If I find several well worn trails that intersect each other I like to set up downwind of those intersections. Also look for beds if you can find where they are bedding you can set up and catch them returning to bed in the morning or leaving the bedding area in the afternoon. If you pat attention to what side of the tree is rubbed on you can tell which direction he is heading.

Ask the Locals

Another way to scout is get as much information from the local farmer or landowner as possible. They can tell you where they see the deer and at what times of day. This can be valuable to determine the best areas to start scouting first.

So by following a few of these whitetail deer hunting preseason scouting tips you can minimize the pressure you put on the deer on your hunting land and increase your odds at that big buck this season. Use maps and technology to pinpoint potential stand locations to minimize human activity in the woods especially right before the season.

 

Whitetail Fever Creeping In

whitetail fever

This picture will sure give you whitetail fever.

It’s that time of year when us deer hunters start getting that whitetail fever really bad to get out in the woods again. It has almost been a year since we were last able to get out in that deer stand and enjoy the great outdoors in hopes of getting that buck of a lifetime or some venison to last us until next season or just to get away from it all and enjoy the beauty of nature.

I haven’t posted in a long while and it’s time to get going again. I lost my father to cancer in January of this year and although it was a very hard time he is the very reason I love deer hunting and now I will continue this blog in honor of him. He took me on my first deer hunt when I was 13 and I have loved it since that day. He taught me so much about the whitetail and I’ll sure miss hunting with him. I did get to go on one last hunt with him and I will cherish those memories forever.

dads big buck

This is my dad with his biggest buck ever.

Whitetail Fever Hits Hunters This Time of Year

It slowly creeps up on you in early summer and by early November whitetail fever is full blown. I imagine hunters all over America are starting to get that itch and break out their bows and start practicing to get ready for opening day. Food plot preparation, putting out minerals, putting out trail cameras, putting deer stands up and cutting shooting lanes are all on the deer hunters mind this time of year and we love it. What are some of the things you are doing to get prepared for deer season this year to get that big boy?

What are some of the regulations that have changed where you hunt or that you would like to see change? My home state of Georgia recently made baiting legal in the Northern zone in addition to the southern zone. That could be a game changer for a lot of hunters in that area. It will be interesting to find out how it affects some of my buddies who hunt in the northern zone.

Do you have food plots in this year? Have you got any big bucks on trail camera this year? Let’s see them! Send us some pictures of the big boy your after this year.  Safety should be everyone’s number one priority! If you don’t use a safety belt do yourself a favor and get one and use it.

I hope you all have a great season and remember to get prepared early and practice makes perfect. Also take someone hunting that might not be able to otherwise and get those kids off the video games and out in the woods.

Mineral Lick Sites Trail Cameras

mineral lick sites kansas

Now is the time to put out those mineral lick sites.

Well I got out this past weekend and put out some mineral lick sites and put fresh batteries in my trail cameras and checked my sd cards in my trail cameras. I had a lot of good pictures of several bucks starting to grow their antlers.

Mineral lick Sites

Now is a great time to put out those mineral lick sites for the whitetails. A friend of mine sent me a good inexpensive recipe for mineral lick sites I wanted to share with you. I put some out a while back and the deer are really loving it. The recipe makes about 200 pounds for around $50. You can pick up the ingredients at most local feed stores. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 50lb bag of Di-calcium phosphate
  • 1 50lb bag of stock salt
  • 2 50lb bags of trace mineral

Mineral Lick Recipe

Mix 12 lbs of trace mineral, 6 lbs of stock salt and 6 lbs of di-calcium phosphate. Mix together and dig into ground and reapply about every 2 to 3 months with half the recipe (12lbs). Store the bags separate, don’t mix all at once. This is a great way to put out your own mineral lick sites at an affordable price. I like to top mine off with a TrophyRock and some corn and the whitetails love it. This time of year is a great time to start providing the whitetails with minerals. I got several pictures of bucks at my sites already growing their antlers and the minerals should help them grow nice big antlers.

injured whitetail 3 legged deer

This 3 legged deer recently showed up on one of my trail cameras.

I got a picture of a three legged deer on one of my trail cameras I wanted to show you. It is a doe. Looks like it is healed up. I don’t know how well a deer like this can get around but I have seen dogs that get around pretty well with three legs. Would you take this deer out of the herd? You hate to see a deer like this, there is no telling what happened to it. I’m surprised the coyotes haven’t gotten it. It seems like they would be able to take this deer down pretty easy. You never know. I guess it is still able to get around okay and defend itself if it is able to get up and eat and move around. I will be looking for more pictures of this one in the future.

Pre Season Chores

pre season chores trim lanes

Pre season is a good time to start trimming those shooting lanes to improve your deer hunting honey holes.

You reap what you sow, that’s how the saying goes right? Well I’m planning on getting some pre season chores done early this year so hopefully I’ll reap the benefits of some hard work when it comes time to go deer hunting. Hopefully this will be the season I finally get that Pope & Young whitetail.

Get Pre Season Chores Done

I have got to trim a lot of shooting lanes and hang several stands. We moved a ladder stand after this past season and I went to check it out the other day and man have I got some lane trimming to do. I’m wanting to get it done early this year.  I would rather do it now than to have to do it right before or during the season.

Stay on the Down Low

I just think the more commotion there is in the woods close to the season the less likely those big bucks will know you are in the area. That big whitetail didn’t get big by being stupid. If they sense a lot of activity in the woods they will go nocturnal or leave their core area. I am planning on going to do some lane trimming tomorrow and put in some screw in steps in a tree where I plan on hanging some stands on one of my favorite deer hunting properties.

Preparation

Get those trail cameras out now to watch your big whitetail develop throughout the antler growing process.

Have you started getting you’re whitetail honey holes ready for the upcoming season yet? I’ve got so much work to do to get ready but I enjoy getting out in the woods and putting up stands, trimming shooting lanes, putting out trail cameras and all other sorts of fun stuff. It  is a great way to get some exercise also.  I can’t wait to start getting some good trail camera pictures of some of those big bucks. I am wondering what bucks made it through the very harsh winter here in Kansas.

Which Bucks Made It

There is one buck that I really hope made it through and is back. He’s the one I missed with my bow last year and this year he should be an absolute brute. I would love to match wits with him again this season. I was so close to getting him last year but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades!

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