This week on Cutting the Distance, Remi reminds us why summer scouting is so important, and guides us through the ways we can make the most of the dog days of summer.
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In every state, hunters kill an average of 55% to 65% of the Pope & Young record bucks during the season’s abbreviated rut phase periods. That stat being what it is, it makes sense to scout during the post-season when the rut sign is still visible (scrapes, licking branches, runways in bedding areas, rubs) and the foliage in the trees is down. This way you are looking at the area in the exact state it will be in during the upcoming rut.
Before you’ll ever be able to take advantage of topographic features that deer relate to, you’ll have to first understand how wind relates to these features. I think it’s safe to say that wind is one of those topics that you can never seem to get away from, no matter if you’re hunting the grassy plains of Nebraska, the brushy draws of Illinois or the rolling hills of Tennessee. The wind dictates so much of what we do as hunters, so naturally it...
On Day 4 of my Montana public land hunt I went back to my honeyhole early in the day, hoping for the cold front to work its magic. And it did! Here’s how it all went down…