Posted on Aug 21, 2018 by The Exodus Team
By: Alex Comstock
Often times, the first step to being able to send an arrow through a to is by locating one. Of course, you can always get lucky and put down a buck you may have never seen or knew of before, but it doesn’t always work out that way. A great way locating a and starting the process of figuring out how to harvest him is by using a to locate him in the first place. Once you know where one is living, you can then start to make a game plan on how to hunt him. The beauty of locating bucks with photos is that it can be done in a variety of different ways, and today that’s what we’re going to talk about.
Locating Bucks in
Arguably the most popular way for hunters to locate bucks is over be . Whether this , ag fields, hard mast, or even mineral or bait stations during the summer. Depending on your , finding a utilizing a on could just give you knowledge of the fact that he is just living in the area, or if he’s visiting the in daylight or close to it during , you may be able to make a play to hunt him. Don’t get yourself in trouble with this one though. Many hunters like to use on because of the ease – which is great. But with that, a lot of bucks coming to a might be occurring under the cover of darkness, but people will still hunt over the hoping the buck randomly shows up in daylight. This isn’t the best strategy, but don’t let it deter you though. Once you use that to identify where a buck is feeding or using , you can then start to put the puzzle pieces together to try and figure out how to send an arrow through him.
Scrapes are a fantastic way to find bucks through the use of backward . Though all deer visit scrapes, bucks prioritize them, especially later in the fall. Hanging a over a scrape can be a great help in identifying many bucks in an area. I will run some over scrapes all throughout the year but come September, I start to transition all of my over scrapes. I think this could arguably be the best way to actually identify bucks through the use of . Once again though, just as with , a lot of scrape action can be during the nighttime hours and not in their . But just like the first point, don’t let that discourage you if that’s the case. If it’s early in the fall, work . Where is a buck headed to or where is he coming from? Start to answer these questions, and the information you get from the can help you get in a favorable position of tagging a .
Annual Rut Areas
Have you ever scouted a spot in the summer thinking “This could be a great rut spot”? Whether it be loaded with rubs from previous years, some type of natural , adjacent to , or something along those lines, by getting a up and leaving it to soak all fall, you could get a great idea of how bucks are using the area. Maybe they are doing what you thought they would be, or maybe something will show up that will make you re-evaluate the spot. What I’m getting at is by having a up for the entire fall, you can then pull the camera after the season, and use that information for the following year.
A great example is a camera I just pulled last weekend. It sat all year last year and after going through the photos, the only time I had good daylight movement from was the first two weeks of November. Going into this year, I’ve now got a good timeframe on when I should hunt it if I choose to do so.
I’ve always said that have been the greatest technological advancement in and the best . They are an unbelievable tool and when used properly, they can really help your efforts. There’s a lot of ways to use them and locate bucks, but these three specific ways are some of my favorite. Between these spots for food , scrapes, and annual rut areas, once you locate a (s), that’s when the real fun starts. Those photos are just a small piece of the puzzle, and it’s up to you to put the rest together.