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Guides' Guide to Pre-Season White-Tailed Deer Scouting

While pre-season scouting is necessary to find food sources and deer sign to locate deer, you also don't want to spook wary, mature whitetails. (Ron Sinfelt photo)
While pre-season scouting is necessary to find food sources and deer sign to locate deer, you also don't want to spook wary, mature whitetails. (Ron Sinfelt photo)

A trio of whitetail guides and outfitters divulge some of their secrets to successful pre-season deer scouting

Everyone knows the Boy Scout motto  – “Be Prepared.”

These two simple words make sense, not only for the Scouts, but for everyone everywhere. It never hurts to be prepared.

Whitetail hunters aren’t too terribly different from those who proudly wear the uniform of the Boy Scouts of America. They’re prepared; or at least they should be. Food plots, landowner permission, clothing, archery equipment, firearms, ammunition, optics. Even down to their very own personal health and well-being.

But for the whitetail enthusiast, nothing says preparation as much as scouting. And no one is more concerned about this detailed collection of information than are the guides and outfitters – the men and women who stake their careers and their livelihoods on what they do or don’t see prior to opening day.

But, and as simple as it sounds, scouting whitetails is a bit more involved. Today, there’s strategy. Technology. Planning and precision. And scent elimination down to an almost molecular level. No, sir – 21st century pre-season scouting is more, much more than merely wandering around looking for tracks and rubs and such. Or is it?

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