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#3747028 - 08/28/14 12:18 PM What good does scouting do this early?
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I went yesterday and checked out a place I killed a few during rifle season last year,and it's hard for me to tell much right now.It seems to me its a waste of time scouting before the acorns start falling. I feel like it really don't matter where they are right now anyhow. Because they will be under the White Oaks by the time the season starts. I'm not saying I'm right or wrong just seeing how everyone else feels about it. And possibly some one that knows more than me can give me some tips.
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#3747082 - 08/28/14 01:09 PM Re: What good does scouting do this early? [Re: Bowhunter23]
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you and my dad would get along just fine
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#3747184 - 08/28/14 03:17 PM Re: What good does scouting do this early? [Re: RidgeRunner94]
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Get a chance to pick up a few ticks?
I scout because i enjoy it. It gives me an idea of the deer in the area and what they are eatin the acorns are dropping here and i see the action around the trees where i need to be
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#3747208 - 08/28/14 04:01 PM Re: What good does scouting do this early? [Re: ImThere]
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I stay out of the woods this time of year if I can help it. If i'm on a new place, I'd scout, but if it's land I'm familiar with, i leave it to the ticks. We'll move or add stands in the early spring before it gets too hot.
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#3747214 - 08/28/14 04:17 PM Re: What good does scouting do this early? [Re: ImThere]
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I hear ya, Bowhunter23. My thoughts exactly. Post season was the time to do any scouting that should be done by now, but I like to get out for exercise and put waypoints in my GPS anyhow, at least when we have a little cool spell like two or three weeks ago.

Anyhow, my bro-in-law talked me into going squirrel hunting Saturday morning, even though I had a full day planned. I jumped a group of probably half a dozen does, but it was in pretty much open woods and it's doubtful they'll be bedding there come October....(maybe nearby, though?) Red oak acorns are starting to fall pretty good, but to no surprise, I didn't see any evidence that anything is touching 'em yet. And my guess is that deer probably won't, until after the white oaks have all dropped their's. It's not a bad idea to locate white oaks loaded with acorns, but silly me forgot my binoculars. Those Chinkapin acorns are tiny!


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#3747247 - 08/28/14 04:51 PM Re: What good does scouting do this early? [Re: TboneD]
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I agree about the value of post season scouting but as good as it is there's one thing that it won't tell you that could be very important especially during archery season; where there are acorns. Scouting this time of year will show you where they are. It won't tell you whether they are good or not but it'll point you in the right direction once they start falling. Other than that I see almost no purpose in scouting now unless you don't know the lay of the land you're hunting and you need to pound some ground to find out.
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#3747675 - 08/29/14 04:17 AM Re: What good does scouting do this early? [Re: Mike Belt]
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Out standing I agree with you both. That's what I do this time of year I mark terrain features and check out the white oaks. But outside of that I guess I'm just enjoying being In the woods.
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#3747755 - 08/29/14 07:57 AM Re: What good does scouting do this early? [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
I agree about the value of post season scouting but as good as it is there's one thing that it won't tell you that could be very important especially during archery season; where there are acorns. Scouting this time of year will show you where they are.


Completely agree with this. I prefer to keep intrusion to a minimum pre-season, but I would recommend glassing oak trees at this time of year to check the acorn crop.
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#3747902 - 08/29/14 10:27 AM Re: What good does scouting do this early? [Re: BSK]
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Lots, Lay of the land and food sources just to mention a couple things. Best entry exit routes, etc, etc.
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#3747910 - 08/29/14 10:34 AM Re: What good does scouting do this early? [Re: Winchester]
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 Originally Posted By: Winchester
Lots, Lay of the land and food sources just to mention a couple things. Best entry exit routes, etc, etc.


If it's a new property you've never hunted before, you need to learn the lay of the land sometime, and now is as good as ever. I would rather see someone scout a property a month before season opens rather than the first week of bow season. But if it's a property you've hunted before, other than assessing the acorn crop, tracking all over the property pre-season may do more harm than good.
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