How to Scout Deer on Public Land

Scouting for deer on public land can seem like a daunting task. For many hunters, the idea of scouting is walking on public access trails or deer trails aimlessly until they find deer sign a week before the season, oblivious to the “big picture” of deer patterns or how hunter pressure has been affecting the land. With this video, I hope to shed some light on my process of scouting efficiently. By getting the most of your time in the woods, you can cut years of experience off of the time it takes to really learn what’s going on in an area.

-Wind Statistics
www.windfinder.com/forecasts/#4/51.40/9.62

-CalTopo Aerial and Topo Maps
caltopo.com

-Google Earth
www.google.com/earth/

-Bing Maps (click on Bird’s Eye)
www.bing.com/maps/

-MN WMA maps for Google Earth (click on “WMA Boundaries”)
www.dnr.state.mn.us/wmas/index.html

WI Private Forest Lands Open for Public Use
-http://dnrmaps.wi.gov/opfl/

WI Voluntary Public Access Program
-http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/VPA/

“The Hunting Beast” Forum
thehuntingbeast.com/

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