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.