**II Cut a Track **
Along the northern tiers of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, as well as in parts of the upper Midwest and the foothills of the Rockies where I hunt whitetails, the most efficient way to find fresh tracks is to cruise logging roads. Because relatively few deer inhabit these remote environs (in many places, deer density is four to six animals per square mile) and road assistance is even scarcer, a four-wheel-drive with a good spare and a front-end winch, plus a chain saw for cutting downed trees from your route, can be as crucial to the success of a hunting trip as your rifle. You may easily cover many miles before finding a big track that's fresh enough to follow. Alternatively, you can walk watercourses, ridgelines, or game trails, seeking evidence of bucks that are looking for does or on the way from their feeding grounds to bedding areas.