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Scouting an area prior to the hunting season is another important part of pre-hunt preparation.

  • Topographic maps indicate features such as water, fields, and wooded areas.
  • Careful, slow travel in the area may identify game trails, bedding areas, waterholes, and other game sign that will be extremely valuable when hunting season opens.
  • “Stump-sitting” is a great way to quietly observe the area without disturbing the wildlife. Early morning and late afternoon are prime times for spotting game.
  • The best time to scout is after the fall hunting season closes and before the next season begins.
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