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#3329403 - 08/20/13 02:54 PM Book on scouting for deer
Tom L
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What's a good book on scouting for deer?
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#3329412 - 08/20/13 02:58 PM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: Tom L]
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You will not find much better than the info shared right here on TnDeer.

I learned almost everything about deer hunting on this website.

Come to think of it, I should get a good book or two as well. \:D
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#3329425 - 08/20/13 03:10 PM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: plinker22]
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Best books I have read on scouting are the Eberhart series. Precision Bowhunting probably has the most detailed info on actual scouting. Even if you are not a bow hunter, you will find the info very applicable and very specific and realistic in interpretation of sign. You will also feel like an underachiever....

http://deerjohn.net/pages/books.html

Most of the books were written by Chris Eberhart, though much of the tactics were developed over the years by his father, John. John E was hunting mature bucks with a bow before there was the concept of "mature buck hunting." His sons grew up with game officers sleeping outside of their house and following them around to their hunting spots because everyone was convinced that they were shooting deer at night with a rifle because it was deemed impossible to kill such bucks consistently, especially with a bow.
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#3329509 - 08/20/13 04:21 PM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: Tom L]
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 Originally Posted By: Tom L
What's a good book on scouting for deer?


Mapping Trophy Whitetails by Brad Herndon is the best I have read.

Greg Miller has written some good books as well.
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#3330071 - 08/21/13 06:17 AM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: scn]
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The book of the woods is still the best. Have your [censored] out there in them!
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#3330498 - 08/21/13 12:01 PM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: 348Winchester]
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Do what I do, don't scout. I have a book or 2 of Greg Millers books. As far as I am concerned his books do not apply to hunting in Tennessee.
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#3330508 - 08/21/13 12:14 PM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: Headhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
Do what I do, don't scout.


Outside of the winter months, I tend to agree with that.
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#3332612 - 08/22/13 10:18 PM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: Headhunter]
Tom L
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 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
Do what I do, don't scout. I have a book or 2 of Greg Millers books. As far as I am concerned his books do not apply to hunting in Tennessee.


Ok so you just hunt the lay of the land or you just go get in any tree.

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#3332648 - 08/22/13 11:28 PM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: Tom L]
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2X on the Eberhart's books, Greg Miller's books, and Brad Herndon's Mapping Trophy Bucks. I've read 'em all and they helped me a lot. It's hard to find Greg's books new. I had to search around online and buy them used.
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#3332901 - 08/23/13 09:06 AM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: Tom L]
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 Originally Posted By: Tom L
 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
Do what I do, don't scout. I have a book or 2 of Greg Millers books. As far as I am concerned his books do not apply to hunting in Tennessee.


Ok so you just hunt the lay of the land or you just go get in any tree.


If I have never hunted a place, I will make a quick trip. Mainly look for what are obvious to me places to hunt. Especially mast trees and edges. Then I will hunt various stands and adjust to the deer. Most of my places I have hunted for a long time. On public land I pick a place on maps, google earth, satellite pics, etc. and get as far away as I can from roads and WALK and look for the same things. Have had great success doing this. 99 percent of my scouting is on my walk in to hunt a stand and or my way back out.
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#3332935 - 08/23/13 09:25 AM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: Headhunter]
Tom L
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 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
 Originally Posted By: Tom L
 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
Do what I do, don't scout. I have a book or 2 of Greg Millers books. As far as I am concerned his books do not apply to hunting in Tennessee.


Ok so you just hunt the lay of the land or you just go get in any tree.


If I have never hunted a place, I will make a quick trip. Mainly look for what are obvious to me places to hunt. Especially mast trees and edges. Then I will hunt various stands and adjust to the deer. Most of my places I have hunted for a long time. On public land I pick a place on maps, google earth, satellite pics, etc. and get as far away as I can from roads and WALK and look for the same things. Have had great success doing this. 99 percent of my scouting is on my walk in to hunt a stand and or my way back out.


Thanks that helps a bunch.

Tom

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#3332939 - 08/23/13 09:29 AM Re: Book on scouting for deer [Re: Headhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
 Originally Posted By: Tom L
 Originally Posted By: Headhunter
Do what I do, don't scout. I have a book or 2 of Greg Millers books. As far as I am concerned his books do not apply to hunting in Tennessee.


Ok so you just hunt the lay of the land or you just go get in any tree.


If I have never hunted a place, I will make a quick trip. Mainly look for what are obvious to me places to hunt. Especially mast trees and edges. Then I will hunt various stands and adjust to the deer. Most of my places I have hunted for a long time. On public land I pick a place on maps, google earth, satellite pics, etc. and get as far away as I can from roads and WALK and look for the same things. Have had great success doing this. 99 percent of my scouting is on my walk in to hunt a stand and or my way back out.


I agree with this. Places I grew up hunting I try to stay out of, new places I study maps and google earth. Then my "scouting" tends to be a side effect of hunting. This applies to Southeastern hunting, Western Hunting is a little different in that I will "scout" a area before I hunt it or scout while I am hunting.

Early season scouting in TN produces high hopes and crushed dreams, especially for the majority of us that hunt small peices of property. I remember seeing my first bachelor group of mature bucks on one 70 acre farm, I would watch them once a week from Aug to early Sept, never got close or went into the area they were coming out. Spotted a tree on a logging road the used to come into the field, come opening day of archery I never seen them. It wasnt till next summer that I seen them again, thats when I discovered range shifting and splitting up of bachelor groups.

Google earth is the best scouting tool for the common man, free and easy to use.

Plus every public land deer me or my buddies have killed that we consider a good deer has been on the first day or two of hunting the spot and never stepping foot in it, expect for map scouting no boots n the ground.
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