Getting inventory of your bucks in the summer is a popular topic of discussion during this time of the year. It usually revolves around bait, minerals, or crop fields. But what do you do if your hunting property doesn't have any crop fields and your not allowed to bait or put down mineral? This is a perfect opportunity to utilize late summer and early fall scrapes. This is an idea I have been coming more and more intrigued with. It seems as though this way of inventorying what bucks are on a property is getting more and more popular. If you minerals, bait, or crop fields aren't an option for you, this is something that you've got to try.
It's April, deer hunting isn't for at least another five months, so I can relax while I wait for it to turn fall right? Wrong, spring is one of the most important times of the year when thinking of next fall and connecting on a mature buck. Sure, everyone, or at least a fair majority of people shed hunt and turkey hunt this time of year. The rise of shed hunting in the last decade has kicked spring scouting to the back seat. So what do I find important about the spring besides finding antlers?