But before the season ends, there's still lots to do. I've mentioned it here before, but one of the best rituals I've learned over the years is the importance of post-season scouting. What does that mean? For me, it's monitoring feed areas with trail cameras to take inventory of the bucks that survived the season. Once I establish a list of survivors, I write down a short biography on each of the best bucks in my hunting journal. The places where I saw them most often, morning or evening specific, times of year, approximate age and every detail about their antlers. All of these notes give me a hit list to look for the next season. It's a place to start come opening day.