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bucks on the churn

Scott Bestul

Bucks on the Churn – Part II


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In my last post, I discussed how bucks continually respond to factors that make them difficult to pattern in any consistent fashion. These “churning” factors can cause a buck to abandon certain areas (within his home range) in favor of others and can give any hunter fits trying to keep up – unless that hunter […]

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Scott Bestul

Bucks on the Churn


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It’s fairly common to hear about a hunter “patterning” a buck—reading his sign, observing his movements, interpreting trail cam pics—and then using that information to kill the deer. Typically this occurs when a buck is on a very specific mission—usually hitting a certain food source within his home range—and falls into a semi-predictable routine. I’ve […]

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Cowgill Rubs

Scott Bestul

The Midday Speed Scout


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I learned a simple truth a long time ago; you can’t kill bucks where they ain’t. Food, cover, and terrain that looks absolutely killer to us sometimes, just isn’t holding deer. You can stick it out in a spot like this and pray for luck (I’ve tried this; don’t recommend it.), or you can lace […]

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Whitetail Properties

Don’t Lose An Ounce Of Sweat – Low Pressure Scouting


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Use technology to your advantage when it comes to scouting property. Grab a plat book and go online. Pull up aerial topographical maps and get to work. ‘Scout from the sky’ is a great way to thoroughly understand hunting property before you hit the ground running, and before each and every season. Pinch-points, saddles and […]

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spring scouting

Scott Bestul

Spring Scouting: Viewing the big picture


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On a recent scouting trip with a buddy Tom, I topped a small rise and found myself staring at a monster rub. And right beyond that, another nice pine, shredded by a big deer. When I called my friend over, I was kneeling by the rubs, inspecting the damage. Then I looked up at Tom, […]

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Scott Bestul

Scout Now For Monster Bucks


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It is spring—or what passes for it in Minnesota—and there are countless distractions out there for us. Turkeys are gobbling, trout are rising, and in some places at least, golf courses are greening up. And I won’t even talk about the yard work staring us all in the face. Listen to me: You need to […]

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Allen Treadwell

Using the Lay of the Land to Your Advantage


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For years hunters have been using aerial photography as a tool for scouting, and for years it was hard to get and costly. You had to get ahold of the USGS and request an aerial photograph of the area you were hunting months in advance to have them by season. Today we are lucky, with […]

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