Post Season Scouting

A good investment for your hunting, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area is "Post Season Scouting"

All of the leaves are off the trees and ground foliage is reduced to minimum, exposing the previous seasons activity.

Corridors and funnels that can be hid by vegetation before season become clear as glass.

An area like this before season can be almost unnavigable. But later on,  even I can find a trail like this.

Rubs stand out like a bright light in the dull gray of the late winter/early spring woods.   

Scrape & rub lines are easy to spot once the timber opens up.

Don't overlook any sign that is within a known rutting area. What may not be a "text book" scrape or rub by our standards may have a different meaning to the bruiser whose senses are much keener than ours.    

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Here is a closer look.

A hunter has cut off a number of small trees in an area to give them a spotless clean field of fire. A scar on the resource that is not quick to go away. Try to leave the woods so that no one knows you were there. 

Another indication of what an area may have to offer.

Standing on a bluff overlooking a river where native americans once lived, hunted and fished can be inspiring. I thank God for the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.