Missouri Outdoors

Summer Big Buck Scouting

Summer Scouting Tips For Deer Hunting

09-05-2017

August is big buck month, if you are into early season scouting that is.  Antlers are about ninety percent developed and this is the time to start inventorying your bucks for the coming season.

As shadows stretch and evenings cool, big bucks start their late-summer/early fall eating craze in expectation of the autumn breeding season. August is an excellent time to identify bachelor groups of bucks prowling about during the early evening and feeding in out-of-the way edges of crop fields like soybeans and mature grains. Freshly mowed hay and alfalfa fields may also be a good bet. Scouting cameras are an easy way to keep close track of what is happening in your hunting area, but they're not the only way. A sharp pair of eyeballs and some good old sitting and observing works equally well.

August is also the time of the year when big bucks get prompted that humans mean threat. They're out and about since they haven‘t been pressured in nearly a year and they're feeling the call to feed, but they'll shut down right away if compelled. The secret to early-season scouting should be to maintain your distance and scout low impact.

Viewing blinds are a wonderful tool for early-season scouting. They could be as easy as a couple of bales of hay or as intricate as a manufacturer made shooting house. Vehicles, also can work whenever utilized properly particularly electric hunting carts.

Below are a few strategies for low-impact big buck watching:

- Watching from a distance (five hundred to eight hundred yards) isn't too far

- Get great binoculars or a spotting scope and make use of them

- Build blinds in the middle of the day

- Do not set up where deer can pressure you to show yourself when leaving

- Observe the wind—deer can find you six hundred to eight hundred yards under certain circumstances

- Watch man tracks—deer will alert to them for as much as twenty four hours

- If scouting from an automobile, park in discreet places and stay inside

- Now's not really the time to work at your stillhunting method

- Should you surprise deer when driving, do not abruptly stop—slow down but continue moving

- Do not keep changing parking locations, allow them to get accustomed to your automobile

There aren't any guarantees that the deer you see in August are going to be there in October, but one thing is for sure, they'll be on the feed for those few months.

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