Assignment 1: Learn the Land
Assignment 2: Take Pictures
Assignment 3: Study Individual Bucks
Lesson One: Know Your Area Inside and Out
That's advice from a man who has to get intimate with 100,000 acres. Still, Kreuter says that having detailed information on water, food, and topography is a key step.
"Water sources are tops in my areas,-Â¿ he says. "From the early season throughout the rut, bucks will visit them regularly. I locate every drop. You also need to know which food sources are most attractive when. Keep track of any that can alter deer movement when they're abundant and in season, like acorns. Finally, study the topography to learn bedding areas and travel routes.-Â¿
Get a topo map, go to your hunting area, and mark: (1) Every significant water source, including springs, stock tanks, and beaver dams. (2) All significant terrain and cover features. "I especially like benches, saddles, and brushy transition areas,-Â¿ Kreuter says. "And seasonal bedding sites. In early fall, bucks bed on north- or northeast-facing slopes. When it's cold, they lie on south-facing hillsides.-Â¿ (3) Every major food source: alfalfa, corn, or oak stands, plus isolated oaks, soft mast, and browse. Everything you learn about your area's bucks should be applied to this map to determine top stand locations.