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bucks on the churn

Scott Bestul

Bucks on the Churn – Part II


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And every buck seems to be searching for a doe. Keeping up with their movements can seem like herding cats. But if you know how bucks utilize the landscape as they travel, you can arrange an ambush. One of the simplest examples is a terrain funnel; a spot where some geographic feature steers bucks in […]

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Scott Bestul

Bucks on the Churn


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Mainly because they’re constantly responding to factors that make them bounce around their home range like ping-pong balls. Bachelor groups break up. Food sources change. The rut kicks in. Hunters invade the woods. Winter hits….the list goes on. Heck, even biologists get baffled by buck movements. Recent telemetry work in Maryland proved that some bucks […]

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Cowgill Rubs

Scott Bestul

The Midday Speed Scout


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  But here’s the thing; you can still do mid-season recon without banging around so much that you bump the very deer you’re hunting. It’s called “speed scouting” and, as the name implies, it’s a quick check of some likely areas. I do it on some of my best farms a couple of times a […]

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spring scouting

Scott Bestul

Spring Scouting: Viewing the Big picture


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My friend is not only scary-smart, he’s one of the most savvy deer hunters I know. Too often, it’s easy to view buck sign in a vacuum; we look at the rub, scrape or bed in front of us as spoor unto itself, rather than trying to view it in a big-picture format that tells […]

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scouting bucks

Scott Bestul

Scout Now for Monster Bucks


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Rubs still look fresh, scrapes will be worn-but-visible, and even the trails deer used 6 months ago will be there…ready to be read like a book. And who knows? With a little luck you might stumble on a shed antler or two. If you’re not already a spring scouter, you need to make it a priority. […]

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cliff glassing

Allen Treadwell

Using the Lay of the Land to Your Advantage


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With aerial photography we can see certain travel corridors that deer will likely use on a regular bases. We can locate bottle necks and pinch points without ever stepping foot on a property. This allows us to concentrate out scouting efforts on those areas without tromping all over the land spooking deer, and leaving a […]

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