Find out how deer hunters use their optics with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Many deer hunters don’t bag the bucks of their dreams because they don’t take the time to scout for them before the season starts. Now’s the time to use your binoculars and spotting scopes to locate the bucks you plan to hunt this fall. Start early with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Start Watching For Bucks
Whitetails will be out in open places around agricultural fields, on green fields and at watering holes during daylight hours because there is no hunting pressure on them. By using your binoculars and spotting scope, you can watch the bucks as their antlers begin to form, decide how many bucks you’ll have to hunt and learn where the biggest bucks are beginning to appear.
The further you stay from the deer you want to take this fall, the better your odds are for harvesting them once deer season starts. By using a spotting scope, you can stay several-hundred yards away from bucks feeding in green fields and on agricultural crops, determine the size of their antlers and learn the trails they are using to enter and leave the fields.
Take Inventory of Bucks and Does
Inventory your herd in the by using binoculars or spotting scopes. You can see how many does, fawns and bucks live on the land you’ll be hunting and determine the buck-to-doe ratio. This information will help you determine a reasonable harvest prescription for the upcoming year. Get a better idea of how many does and how many bucks you should harvest, and what size bucks you’ll have.
Determine Deer’s Favorite Feeding Spots
You can learn the deer’s favorite nut and fruit trees now. By using spotting scopes and binoculars from some distance away, you not only can identify nut trees, but also look up into the limbs and see if those trees are putting on acorns or fruit or not. Knowing which trees will have fruit or acorns and which trees won’t can help you lay a better game plan for where you need to hunt.
Once you’ve identified the trees that will bear nuts or fruits, and more specifically, the trees bearing the deer’s favorite nuts or fruits, then pick out a tree where you can hang a tree stand. Mark that tree as a waypoint on your handheld GPS by the name of the nut or the fruit tree you’ve found.
Determine Deer Paths
You can take a stand on the edge of a clear-cut, a firebreak or a power line in the summer months and use your spotting scopes and binoculars to see where and when bucks cross. Often, these clearings will be on the edges of thickets where the bucks hold during daylight hours in deer season.
By obtaining that information now, you can cut trails into these thickets after the bucks have left them. Then you can create sites for ground blinds and tree stands that you can hunt from when deer season arrives. Hunting pressure forces the bucks to stay in those thick-cover places during daylight hours.
Football teams begin to scout their opponents during spring practice. From this information, they know what their strengths and weaknesses are. The coach and the players create a better game plan for when they meet this team in the season. Deer hunting is the same way. Finding the buck you want using hunting optics now will drastically increase your odds for finding and taking that buck on opening day.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that hunting season is like a holiday for deer hunters in the Midwest. That’s why we carry all the hunting equipment you need to bag a big one. You can even get your hunting license at your local store. For more tips on deer hunting, turkey hunting and more, visit our Hunting blog.