Sometimes it seems like season just sneaks right up on a person. We vowed last season that we were going to scout a ton, put out trail cameras, pattern the animals and do everything we could to be successful, but the summer came and went and now season starts on Saturday and you haven’t scouted a single day!
Trust me, this happens more than you know and while scouting can up your odds of being successful, you can still get it done. I have put together a list of my top 4 tips to be successful when you haven’t scouted all season and now it’s the week before your season opens.
1. Utilize Basemap App desktop version or Google Earth – This is a great way to scout out areas from your home! I know it’s the week before your season, but take 10 minutes, get on your computer and do some e-scouting looking for potential feeding areas, water sources and timber pockets!
2. Plan to hunt areas you have previously hunted and have saw sign in. We continually year after year hunt the same areas and more times than not, those same areas hold deer and elk just like the previous year.
3. If you have a free night this week. Head out to a spot you’ve hunted before and take a quick hike to see if you see any fresh sign! Look for poop, game trails and recent activity. Know where and elk wallow has been in previous years? Hike in and see if they have been using it this year.
4. DON’T GIVE UP! Just because you haven’t scouted doesn’t mean a thing. Some people scout all year and still end up empty handed at the end of season. Keep a positive attitude and keep pushing through and hunting hard!
You’ve got this! Now get out there and have a blast!